• WordNet 3.6
    • n fad an interest followed with exaggerated zeal "he always follows the latest fads","it was all the rage that season"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fad A hobby ; freak; whim. "It is your favorite fad to draw plans."
    • Fad a practise followed enthusiastically by a number of people for a limited period of time; as, the latest fad in fashion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fad A trivial fancy adopted and pursued for a time with irrational zeal; a matter of no importance, or an important matter imperfectly understood, taken up, and urged with more zeal than sense; a whim; a crotchet; a temporary hobby.
    • n fad A person of whims; one who is difficult to please.
    • fad To be busy with trifles.
    • n fad A bundle of straw.
    • n fad A colored ball.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fad fad a weak or transient hobby, crotchet, or craze: any unimportant belief or practice intemperately urged
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  • Samuel Butler
    “There is but one step from the Academy to the Fad.”
  • Charles Kuralt
    Charles Kuralt
    “Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.”
  • Jim Henson
    Jim Henson
    “Nobody creates a fad. It just happens. People love going along with the idea of a beautiful pig. It's like a conspiracy.”
  • Charlie Chaplin
    “Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Faddle
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.


In literature:

The doctors had advised Kant he must quit study, but when he took up his breathing fad, he renounced the doctors, and later denounced them.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
When he lectured he was surprised to find many fashionable ladies in his audience: learning was evidently a fad.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
There was another fashion, "fads" we should call them nowadays.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
We had not been surfeited with beauty; we had not had a flood of art critics, praising or denouncing, and schools of this or that fad.
"A Little Girl of Long Ago" by Amanda Millie Douglas
It's just an idle man's fad.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
He was too full of interests, of "fads," some people called them, ever to be dull.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
Fashions and fads are not significant of exact science.
"The Arena" by Various
It isn't art; it's a fad.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
This fall rowing was a particular fad of the Pinewood Hall girls.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
He's morbid and given to fads.
"The Tyranny of the Dark" by Hamlin Garland
Her mind is so wrapped up in this confounded fad of hers that there is no room in it for anything else.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
It's just some new fad Miss Ada's got hold of.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
They have urbane and pleasant manners, and are refreshingly free from affectations and fads.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
At present it is merely a fad with me but I do not know but what it may become something more as I get into it.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Eleventh Annual Meeting" by Various
Elizabeth Fry, who made "aid to prisoners" fashionable and a society fad in England, has much to answer for.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
It soon became a decided "fad" in their set to go to see Miss Sally.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1904" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Not only are their absolute requirements provided for, but even their "fads" are considered.
"The War in South Africa" by Arthur Conan Doyle
Miss Harper encouraged that fad; she said it taught us geography.
"The Nicest Girl in the School" by Angela Brazil
He never concealed his fancies, his fads, his manias, his vices.
"Visions and Revisions" by John Cowper Powys
There was neither fad nor fancy about its equipment.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird

In poetry:

Fad'st thou, glow-forsaken,
Thy first sweetness,
Radiance, meetness,
None shall reawaken.
"To Outer Nature" by Thomas Hardy
No fault had he - no fad, except
A tendency to strum,
In mode at which you would have wept,
A dull harmonium.
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And Hogan, that broth of a lad,
Home Ruler from Bally-na-fad,
Writes--"I'm now in the trench
With the English and French,
And we're licking the Germans, be dad!"
"The Allied Forces" by Abner Cosens
I hardly think with flippancies that I would be imbued,
The new club woman and her fad, I know I would elude;
Nor should my person be spruced up with dress immaculate;
A whole big million I don't think my old pate would inflate.
"If I Had A Million" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
She's a captivating dresser, and her parasols are stunning,
Her fads will-take your breath away, her hats are dreams of style;
She is not so very bookish, but with repartee and punning
She can set the savants laughing and make even dudelets smile.
"The Summer Girl" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

It's not often that a serious medical condition sparks a dieting fad.
In the Latest On-Court Fad, Players Make Specs With Their Fingers After Hitting Threes.
They have picked up on various fads over the years, but the last decade has been a golden age , says author Glenn Kay.
Owning golf course real estate has definitely become the new fad, over the last ten years it has grown into a new type of living.
Fad Diets and Diet Food Don't Work.
The Golden Era was a time in the late 80's-early 90's that firstly solidified that hip hop was not a fad as many thought.
In a town full of constant diet fads, Jennifer Hudson 's 80 pound weight loss is good enough for her… She says she's done shedding weight, and continuing to get used to the new her.
The alternative fuels fad will cost Californians millions.
Since being crowned prom king of locavore fads, kale has been putting on airs.
Girl power is no fad.
Scottsdale, AZ (KPHO) — The newest dating fad has hit Phoenix - pheromone parties.
Everyone follows a fad or trend of some kind in popular culture.
Social media is not a fad.
Milking is a video fad in which participants record themselves dumping containers of milk directly over their heads.
Not so sadly, the fad would be the final resting place for the likes of A.R.E.

In science:

Variational and Faddeev results are given in the rows denoted by VAR and FAD, respectively.
Charmed and Bottom Baryons: a Variational Approach based on Heavy Quark Symmetry
Consider first the cocycle ad(xτ ) : Di It lifts to the cocycle fad(xτ ) ∈ C 1 (S (n), W (n)) given by fad(xτ ) : Di 7→ xτ Di and 0 on the other elements.
Infinitesimal deformations of restricted simple Lie algebras I
Therefore the only non-zero values of ∂ (fad(xτ )) can be (for k 6= h): ∂ (fad(xτ ))(Di , Dj ) = [Di , xτ Dj ] − [Dj , xτ Di ] = −Dij (xτ ) ∂ (fad(xτ ))(Di , xkDh ) = −[xkDh , xτ Di ] − fad(xτ )([Di , xkDh ]) = = δik xτ Dh − φ(δikDh ) = 0 and hence we have that ∂ (ad(xτ )) = −Θ.
Infinitesimal deformations of restricted simple Lie algebras I
They are functions that take as argument attributes of graph G defined by fad r .
Typed lambda-terms in categorical attributed graph transformation
On the level of attribute dependency relations we take the composition of relations (gad r ◦ fad r ) .
Typed lambda-terms in categorical attributed graph transformation
V (H ) ∪ E (H ): • if [v′ ] fad r is empty, fcm p (v′ ) = at t (v′ ), • if [v′ ] fad r is not empty (thus [v′ ] fad r is a singleton that we denote {v} because fad r is injective), fcm p (v′ ) = lx : A.x : A → A where A is the type of at t (v).
Typed lambda-terms in categorical attributed graph transformation
F = FAdΓA is the covector that defines the vector fields.
On the Canonical Form of a Pair of Compatible Antibrackets
One of us (FAD) would like to thank the EPSRC, the National University of Ireland and Trinity College, Cambridge for support.
Implications of N=1 Superconformal Symmetry for Chiral Fields
Let us call the dependence “frequency-amplitude dependence” (FAD).
The role of the central stellar cluster in active galactic nuclei. I. Semi-analytical model
Note that the FAD cannot be strictly compared to the power density spectrum (PDS), observed in the UV and X-ray bands (e.g.
The role of the central stellar cluster in active galactic nuclei. I. Semi-analytical model
The FAD spectrum shown in Fig. 5 has a different meaning: it is just the dependence of the flare luminosity per frequency interval on the frequency of the events.
The role of the central stellar cluster in active galactic nuclei. I. Semi-analytical model
The number of open well-formulated theoretical probIems is presently larger than at any other time in the history of particle theory (but one only becomes aware of this once one steps outside the lure of present fads).
The power of AQFT: the area law for entropy of localized quantum matter
FAD ING HAL F -DU P L EX RE LAY CHANNE L S In this section, we study a fading half-duplex relay channel model, where the source node transmits to the relay and destination nodes in one channel (channel 1), and the relay node transmits to the destination node in an orthogonal channel (channel 2).
Resource Allocation for Wireless Fading Relay Channels: Max-Min Solution
Then G is the pro jective limit of (FAd ) in Fun(C, (Sets)).
Non-adic formal schemes
In particular fad x has real spectrum if x ∈ Mh .
Spaces of nonpositive curvature arising from a finite algebra