This photograph has begun to fade.
- Fade is defined as the process of becoming less bright or disappearing gradually.
- When a color begins to grow less bright, this process is an example of color fade.
- When a television picture starts to go dark, this is an example of a fade to black.
- To fade is defined as to become less bright, to grow more faint, less popular, or less strong, or to begin to wither away and disappear.
- When a color that is dark begins to get lighter and less bright, this is an example of a time when the color fades.
- When the sun goes down at nighttime, this is an example of a time when sunlight fades.
- When a television signal gets less clear, this is an example of a time when the signal fades.
- When the popularity of a fad begins to wane, this is an example of a time when the fad fades.
- When you start to become old and sick, this is an example of a time when your health fades.
intransitive verbfad′ed, fad′ing
- to become less distinct; lose color, brilliance, etc.
- to lose freshness or strength; wither; wane
- to disappear slowly; die out
- to lose braking power: said of brakes that heat and glaze the lining in repeated hard use
- to curve from its direct course
- to vary in intensity: said of a signal
Origin of fadeMiddle English faden from Old French fader from fade, pale from Vulgar Latin an unverified form fatidus, probably from Classical Latin fatuus (see fatuous); influenced, influence by vapidus, vapid
- to cause to fade
- Slang to meet the bet of; cover: a dice player's term
- Golf to deliberately cause (a ball) to slice slightly
- the act of fading
- any of several styles of haircut in which the hair is cut so as to be very close on the sides of the head and progressively longer toward the top of the head
- a fade-in or fade-out
- Golf the path of a ball that is faded or that slices slightly
fade in (or out)
verbfad·ed, fad·ing, fades
- To lose brightness, loudness, or brilliance gradually: The lights and music faded as we set sail from the harbor.
- To lose freshness; wither: summer flowers that had faded.
- To lose strength or vitality; wane: youthful energy that had faded over the years.
- To disappear gradually; vanish: a hope that faded. See Synonyms at disappear.
- Sports To swerve from a straight course, especially in the direction of a slice.
- Football To move back from the line of scrimmage. Used of a quarterback.
- To cause to lose brightness, freshness, or strength: Exposure to sunlight has faded the carpet.
- Sports To hit (a golf ball, for instance) with a moderate, usually controlled slice.
- Games To meet the bet of (an opposing player) in dice.
- The act of fading.
- A gradual dimming or increase in the brightness or loudness of a light source or audio signal.
- A transition in a cinematic work or slide presentation in which the image gradually appears on or disappears from a blank screen.
- Sports A moderate, usually controlled slice, as in golf.
- A control mechanism on a stereo that adjusts the distribution of power between the front and rear channels.
- A style of haircut in which the hair is cut close to the sides and back of the head and trimmed to result in gradually longer lengths toward the top of the head.
Origin of fadeMiddle English faden from Old French fader from fade faded probably from Vulgar Latin fatidus alteration of Latin fatuus insipid
(comparative fader or more fade, superlative fadest or most fade)
From Middle English fade, fede, of uncertain origin. Compare Old English ġefæd (“orderly, tidy, discreet, well-regulated”). See also fad.
(third-person singular simple present fades, present participle fading, simple past and past participle faded)
- (intransitive) To become faded; to grow weak; to lose strength; to decay; to perish gradually; to wither, as a plant.
- (intransitive) To lose freshness, color, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in color.
- (intransitive) To sink away; to disappear gradually; to grow dim; to vanish.
- The milkman's whistling faded into the distance.
- To cause to fade.