• WordNet 3.6
    • v fade become feeble "The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon"
    • v fade become less clearly visible or distinguishable; disappear gradually or seemingly "The scene begins to fade","The tree trunks are melting into the forest at dusk"
    • v fade disappear gradually "The pain eventually passed off"
    • v fade lose freshness, vigor, or vitality "Her bloom was fading"
    • n fade gradually ceasing to be visible
    • n fade a golf shot that curves to the right for a right-handed golfer "he took lessons to cure his slicing"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fade To become fade; to grow weak; to lose strength; to decay; to perish gradually; to wither, as a plant. "The earth mourneth and fadeth away."
    • v. t Fade To cause to wither; to deprive of freshness or vigor; to wear away. "No winter could his laurels fade ."
    • Fade To lose freshness, color, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in color. "Flowers that never fade ."
    • Fade To sink away; to disappear gradually; to grow dim; to vanish. "The stars shall fade away.""He makes a swanlike end, Fading in music."
    • a Fade Weak; insipid; tasteless; commonplace. "Passages that are somewhat fade .""His masculine taste gave him a sense of something fade and ludicrous."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fade Pale; wan; faded.
    • fade Withered; faded, as a plant.
    • fade Insipid; tasteless; uninteresting.
    • fade 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.
    • fade To wither, as a plant; in general, to gradually lose strength, health, or vigor; decay; perish or disappear gradually.
    • fade Synonyms To droop, languish.
    • fade To cause to lose brightness or freshness of color; cause to lose distinctness to the sight.
    • fade To cause to wither; wear away; deprive of freshness or vigor.
    • fade Strong; bold; doughty.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Fade fād to lose strength, freshness, or colour gradually: to vanish
    • adj Fade insipid: weak
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  • Ambrose Philips
    Ambrose Philips
    “The flowers anew, returning seasons bring! But beauty faded has no second spring.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Why so large a cost, having so short a lease, does thou upon your fading mansion spend?”
  • R. Southwell
    R. Southwell
    “We trample grass, and prize the flowers of May; yet the grass is green when the flower fades away.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “But thy eternal summer shall not fade.”
  • Phyllis Diller
    Phyllis Diller
    “Whatever you may look like, marry a man your own age -- as your beauty fades, so will his eyesight.”
  • Letitia Elizabeth Landon
    Letitia Elizabeth Landon
    “Ah tell me not that memory sheds gladness over the past; what is recalled by faded flowers save that they did not last?”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. faden, vaden, prob. fr. fade, (a.); cf. Prov. D. vadden, to fade, wither, vaddigh languid, torpid,. Cf. Fade (a.) Vade


In literature:

Already the feeble beginnings of returning consciousness had faded away, and the sick man's eyes were closed wearily.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
According to the books she had read, that solitary state belonged to old, disappointed bachelors, old maids, faded people generally.
"The Readjustment" by Will Irwin
The smile faded and the aged eyes grew icier.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
There were curious chairs as well, and no end of square ottomans covered with brocade or tapestry, sadly faded now and some of the edges worn.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Mrs. Howland was lying on a sofa, which was covered with faded rep and had a broken spring.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
The color of the cap is apt to fade so that specimens will be found almost white.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
I reckon I'm like my mother, but my father has kind of faded; I'm often sorry I can't locate him well.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
There were no woollen mats to be faded or waxen fruits to be melted by the sun's heat.
"Olive in Italy" by Moray Dalton
His name, George Prince, in letters illumined upon his forehead, showed for a moment and then faded.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Then, this too faded, and I saw the old men cowering, pleading with the three terrible envoys.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various

In poetry:

Thou shall not me persuade
This love of ours
Can in a moment fade,
Like summer flowers;
"The Quarrel" by Richard Le Gallienne
Are its palaces and pleasures
Fantasies that fade?
And the glory of its treasures
Shadow of a shade?
"Speculation" by William Schwenck Gilbert
White wings, far wings,
Fade down the sky,
Dream things, fair things
Follow and fly;
"Songs From A Masque" by Margaret Widdemer
'He was a shining meteor light
That faded from the skies,
But I mistook him for a star
That only set to rise.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
Flower! Flower, I see Him pass
Each hour of night and day,
Down to an altar and a Mass
Go thou! and fade away.
"The Star's Song" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Companionship to hold,
Yet feeling every hour,
A beauty fading from the earth,
Thought losing half its power."
"The Sinless Child Part 4" by Elizabeth Oakes Smith

In news:

Apple's invincibility fades on iPhone miss, global woes.
It's enough for some orchestras to simply perform familiar and comforting tunes, taking no chances and sending audiences home with fading satisfaction.
The characters in "The Imperfectionists," by Tom Rachman, are employees of a newspaper, which is fading, like many today.
The Republican Party did have an isolationist faction before World War II, but it faded.
Olympic men's steeplechase: Evan Jager of Portland fades to 6th.
View full size The Associated Press The United States' Evan Jager (front left) and Donald Cabral (front right) led the steeplechase Sunday before fading to sixth and eighth respectively.
Jilted Africa cool to US vote after Obama fever fades.
Fallon and the band gets everything right, from the organ to the fade-out effects every '60s music show used.
Takeover Appeal Fades for Energy-Drink Maker Under Cloud of Health Concerns.
Browns' victory should calm jumpy nerves, while some (Cowher) rumors should just fade away.
Like health-care reform, President Obama's ambitious plans to beef up regulation of financial markets this year appear to be fading.
On Maui, as summer fades into fall, signs of the changing season don't come from the weather.
Rangers must take cue from Cowboys' failures to keep from fading for good.
Romney's '47 Percent' Gives Fading OWS a Birthday Present.
With the snow and cold weather now fading, the outdoor running season is in full swing with a plethora of fundraising events.

In science:

Since oscillations on the rising edge of bursts typically fade as the flux increases, it is likely that either the spot or spots are spreading during this time which will reduce the observed amplitude.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
Fig. 1.1(b), when the initial relaxation oscillations fade out, the harmonic mode remains sub-Poissonian for a long interaction time interval.
Quantum, classical and semiclassical analyses of photon statistics in harmonic generation
Luminosity naturally changes with redshift due to passive evolution: stellar populations fade with time as stars die out.
Rethinking Lensing and Lambda
Although submillimeter flux depends only weakly on redshift, such that higher redshift sources fade in K ′ but not in 850 µm flux, sources that are fainter in K ′ luminosity may be intrinsically fainter in 850 µm luminosity.
The Submillimeter Properties of Extremely Red Objects
This extended emission faded on a timescale of ∼ months and was not detected at any other epoch.
A radio jet in the prototypical symbiotic star Z And?