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  1. fade
    IPA[fād]
  2. verb

    • 1. gradually grow faint and disappear:

      the noise faded away hopes of peace had faded
      Synonym : dim, grow dim, grow faint, grow feeble, fail, dwindle, grow less, die away, wane, disappear, vanish, decline, dissolve, peter out, melt away, evanesce
    • 2. lose or cause to lose color or brightness:

      the fair hair had faded to a dusty gray faded jeans
      Synonym : become pale, grow pale, pale, become bleached, become washed out, lose color, decolor, decolorize, discolor, dull, dim, grow dull, grow dim, lose luster, bleach, wash out, make pale, decolor, decolorize, blanch, whiten, dull, discolor, dim, etiolate
    • 3. (of a flower) lose freshness and wither.

      Synonym : wither, wilt, droop, shrivel, decay, die, perish, become marcescent, etiolate
    • 4. gradually become thin and weak, especially to the point of death:

      without help, those of us who are ill will surely fade away and die
    • 5. (of a racehorse, runner, etc.) lose strength or drop back, especially after a promising start:

      she faded near the finish
    • 6. (of a radio signal) gradually lose intensity:

      the signal faded away
    • 7. (of a vehicle brake) become temporarily less efficient as a result of frictional heating:

      the brakes faded, needing a firmer push to bring the car to halt
    • 8. (with reference to film and television images) come or cause to come gradually into or out of view, or to merge into another shot:

      fade into scenes of rooms strewn with festive remains some shots have to be faded in
    • 9. (with reference to recorded sound) increase or decrease in volume or merge into another recording:

      they let you edit the digital data, making it fade in and out fade up natural sound
    • 10. (of the ball) deviate to the right (or, for a left-handed golfer, the left), typically as a result of spin given to the ball:

      the ball faded toward an area left of the green
    • 11. (of a golfer) cause (the ball) to deviate:

      he had to fade the ball around a light pole
    • 12. (in craps) match the bet of (another player):

      Lovejoy faded him for twenty-five cents

    noun

    • 1. the process of becoming less bright:

      the sun can cause color-fade
    • 2. an act of causing a film or television picture to darken and disappear gradually:

      a fade to black would bring the sequence to a close
    • 3. a shot causing the ball to deviate to the right (or, for a left-handed golfer, the left), usually purposely:

      when they get to the 18th the ideal shot is a fade
    • 4. a pass thrown so that the ball descends directly over the receiver's shoulder, especially as they veer toward the sideline:

      shortly after receiving the snap, he threw a fade to Crabtree he scores on a beautiful fade pass to the back of the end zone
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: fade, plural noun: fades

    • v.: verb: fade, 3rd person present: fades, gerund or present participle: fading, past tense: faded, past participle: faded

    • verb

      gradually grow faint and disappear:

      lose or cause to lose colour or brightness:

    • noun

      the process of becoming less bright:

      an act of causing a film or television image to darken and disappear gradually:

    • verb

      (in sound or movie editing) make a picture or sound appear or be heard gradually as another disappears or becomes silent:
    • noun

      an act or instance of cross-fading.
    • noun

      a filmmaking and broadcasting technique whereby an image is made to disappear gradually or the sound volume is gradually decreased to zero:

      a gradual and temporary loss of a broadcast signal:

    • move back from the scrimmage line
    • noun

      an offensive play in which a receiver sprints toward the end zone and then veers suddenly toward the sideline to receive the pass:
    • noun

      a temporary inability to concentrate or think clearly:
    • noun

      a filmmaking and broadcasting technique whereby an image is made to appear gradually or the volume of sound is gradually increased from zero:
    • noun

      an instance of increasing the brightness of an image or the volume of a sound.
    • noun

      a film-making and broadcasting technique whereby an image is made to disappear gradually or the sound volume is gradually decreased to zero:

      a gradual and temporary loss of a broadcast signal:

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