verb (used without object), fad·ed, fad·ing.
- to appear gradually, especially by becoming lighter (usually followed by in).
- to disappear gradually, especially by becoming darker (usually followed by out).
- to increase gradually in volume of sound, as in recording or broadcasting music, dialogue, etc. (usually followed by in).
- to decrease gradually in volume of sound (usually followed by out).
verb (used with object), fad·ed, fad·ing.
- to cause (a scene) to appear gradually (usually followed by in).
- to cause (a scene) to disappear gradually (usually followed by out).
Origin of fade
Examples from the Web for fading
Empire will be hate-watched and may set off some conversations on its way from fading from our minds.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The garrulous assistant to a fading screen siren in Clouds of Sils Maria.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’|Marlow Stern|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Shaving your head is passe and even tattoos are fading as a personalized cultural statement.This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended|Nick Gillespie|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Memories are fading about their dire predictions for mothers on welfare after the reforms of 1996, which were way off.Paul Ryan’s New Plan Is a Good One, Especially for Black People|John McWhorter|July 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
John Turturro gave me a part in his movie [Fading Gigolo], and I was happy to do it.Woody Allen on ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ the Crisis in Gaza, and Those Allegations|Marlow Stern|July 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A wild-eyed thing that may once have been a man stared in horror at the fading light of the yellow star far astern.Turnover Point|Alfred Coppel
Amiens saw it a little to the east in the fading light of evening, and a few early citizens of Dijon marked it soon after dawn.The Secret of the League|Ernest Bramah
In some such peace the Fading Flower commonly finds her rest—a peace unromantic, utilitarian, and yet not perhaps unbeautiful.Modern Women and What is Said of Them|Anonymous
Anyhow, I saw the shadows, which had appeared well separated before, fading away and concentrating in the rear.British Secret Service During the Great War|Nicholas Everitt
But in her heart other shadows were fading to disclose realities hitherto faintly suspected and half defined.The Pursuit|Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
British Dictionary definitions for fading (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for fading (2 of 2)
- to decrease the brightness or volume of (a television or radio programme or film sequence) or (of a television programme, etc) to decrease in this way
- to decrease the volume of (a sound) in a recording system or (of a sound) to be so reduced in volume
Word Origin for fade
Word Origin and History for fading
early 14c., "lose brightness, grow pale," from Old French fader "become weak, wilt, wither," from adj. fade "pale, weak, insipid" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, some sort of blending of Latin fatuus "silly, tasteless" + vapidus "flat, flavorless." Related: Faded; fading. As a noun, from c.1300.