Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French *fader, from fade feeble, insipid, from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, alteration of Latin fatuus fatuous, insipid
Date: 14th century
1. to lose freshness, strength, or vitality ; wither <fading flowers> 2. to lose freshness or brilliance of color 3. to sink away ; vanish <a fading memory> 4. to change gradually in loudness, strength, or visibility — used of a motion-picture image or of an electronics signal and usually with in or out 5. of an automobile brake to lose braking power gradually 6. to move back from the line of scrimmage — used of a quarterback 7. of a ball or shot to move in a slight to moderate slice transitive verb to cause to fade • fader noun II. noun Date: 1918 1. a. fade-out b. a gradual changing of one picture to another in a motion-picture or television sequence 2. a fading of an automobile brake 3. a slight to moderate and usually intentional slice in golf 4. a hairstyle similar to a crew cut in which the hair on top of the head stands high III. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French Date: 15th century insipid, commonplace
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.