American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To lose brightness, loudness, or brilliance gradually; dim: The lights and music faded as we set sail from the harbor.
- v. To lose freshness; wither: summer flowers that had faded.
- v. To lose strength or vitality; wane: youthful energy that had faded over the years.
- v. To disappear gradually; vanish: a hope that faded. See Synonyms at disappear.
- v. Sports To swerve from a straight course, especially in the direction of a slice.
- v. Football To move back from the line of scrimmage. Used of a quarterback.
- v. To cause to lose brightness, freshness, or strength: Exposure to sunlight has faded the carpet.
- v. Sports To hit (a golf ball, for instance) with a moderate, usually controlled slice.
- v. Games To meet the bet of (an opposing player) in dice.
- n. A gradual diminution or increase in the brightness or visibility of an image in cinema or television.
- n. A periodic reduction in the received strength of a radio transmission.
- n. Sports A moderate, usually controlled slice, as in golf.
- fade in To appear gradually.
- fade in To cause to appear or be heard gradually. Used of a cinematic or television image or of a sound.
- fade out To disappear gradually.
- fade out To cause to disappear gradually. Used of a cinematic or television image or of a sound.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pale; wan; faded.
- Withered; faded, as a plant.
- Insipid; tasteless; uninteresting.
- To become pale or wan; lose freshness, color, brightness, or distinctness; tend from a stronger or brighter color to a more faint shade of the same color, or from visibleness to invisibility; become weak in hue or tint or in outline; have the distinctive or characteristic features disappear gradually; grow dim or indistinct to the sight.
- To wither, as a plant; in general, to gradually lose strength, health, or vigor; decay; perish or disappear gradually.
- Synonyms To droop, languish.
- To cause to lose brightness or freshness of color; cause to lose distinctness to the sight.
- To cause to wither; wear away; deprive of freshness or vigor.
- Strong; bold; doughty.
- adj. archaic Weak; insipid; tasteless; commonplace.
- n. golf A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves intentionally to the right. See slice, hook, draw.
- n. A haircut where the hair is short or shaved on the sides of the head and longer on top. See also high-top fade and low fade.
- v. intransitive To become fade; to grow weak; to lose strength; to decay; to perish gradually; to wither, as a plant.
- v. intransitive To lose freshness, color, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in color.
- v. intransitive To sink away; to disappear gradually; to grow dim; to vanish.
- v. transitive To cause to fade.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Weak; insipid; tasteless; commonplace.
- v. To become fade; to grow weak; to lose strength; to decay; to perish gradually; to wither, as a plant.
- v. To lose freshness, color, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in color.
- v. To sink away; to disappear gradually; to grow dim; to vanish.
- v. To cause to wither; to deprive of freshness or vigor; to wear away.
- n. a golf shot that curves to the right for a right-handed golfer
- v. lose freshness, vigor, or vitality
- v. disappear gradually
- v. become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly
- n. gradually ceasing to be visible
- v. become feeble
- From Old French fader, from fade. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English faden, from Old French fader, from fade, faded, probably from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, alteration of Latin fatuus, insipid. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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