[ feyd-in ]

  1. Movies, Television. a gradual increase in the visibility of a scene.

  2. Broadcasting, Recording. a gradual increase in the volume of sound, especially of recorded or broadcast music, dialogue, or the like, usually starting from complete inaudibility.

Origin of fade-in

First recorded in 1915–20; noun use of verb phrase fade in

Words Nearby fade-in

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British Dictionary definitions for fade-in


  1. films an optical effect in which a shot appears gradually out of darkness

  2. a gradual increase in the volume in a radio or television broadcast

verbfade in (adverb)
  1. Also: fade up to increase or cause to increase gradually, as vision or sound in a film or broadcast

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