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fade fast

1. To rapidly approach death, as due to illness or injury. Our mother was taken ill last night from pneumonia, and now she's fading fast. He's losing a lot of blood and fading fast—we need to get him to a hospital right away.
2. To become increasingly incapable of remaining conscious or awake. After seven hours working the night shift, I was starting to feel incredibly drowsy and was fading fast. I think John has had too much to drink, he's fading fast!
3. To rapidly disappear or dissolve. Due to the rapid globalization of the world, there are many languages unique to small groups of people that are fading fast from existence. Support for the president's controversial tax plan is fading fast.
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fade into insignificance

To begin to seem unimportant when compared to something else. My good grades faded into insignificance once my sister got home with news that she would be the lead in the school play.
See also: fade, insignificance

blend into the woodwork

To attempt to make oneself inconspicuous. Because I'm on probation at work, I'm just trying to blend into the woodwork for now.
See also: blend, woodwork

fade into the woodwork

To attempt to make oneself inconspicuous. Because I'm on probation, I'm just trying to fade into the woodwork for now.
See also: fade, woodwork

do a fade

To flee some place in a sudden or stealthy manner. We need to do a fade quick before they catch us in here.
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fade away

To slowly become less noticeable or significant. As the song faded away, the audience leapt to their feet and cheered for an encore. The line for the ride was so long that my excitement had completely faded away by the time we reached the front of it.
See also: away, fade

fade back

1. In American football, for an offensive player to move backward before making a play while the rest of the offensive players move forward. The quarterback faded back before throwing the ball.
2. To recede. I started to cry as I watched my old house fade back in the rearview mirror.
See also: back, fade

fade in

To slowly begin to be seen or heard, as is commonly done during television shows, plays, and movies. A noun or pronoun can be used between "fade" and "in." Then let's fade in on the happy family having a meal together.
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fade into (something)

To slowly transition from one thing to another. The golden hues of sunlight faded into pink as the sun began to set.
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fade out

1. verb To slowly stop being seen or heard. And then we'll fade out, and the credits will start to roll.
2. verb To cause something to slowly stop being seen or heard. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "fade" and "out." Fade that scene out and then roll the credits.
3. noun The act of slowly ceasing to be seen or heard. When used as a noun, the phrase is usually written as one word. The fadeout on that song needs to be less abrupt.
See also: fade, out

fade up

1. To slowly become more forceful or powerful. Make sure the guitars fade up during the first verse.
2. To slowly cause something to become more forceful or powerful. The sound engineer faded the guitars up during the first verse.
See also: fade, up

fade away

 (into something)
1. . to diminish into something. The light faded away into nothing. The sound of the drums faded away into the distance.
2. Go to fade out.
See also: away, fade

fade back (into something)

to move back into a particular area. He faded back to throw a pass. Quickly and unnoticed, he faded back.
See also: back, fade

fade down

[for sound] to diminish. The roar of the train faded down as it passed and fled into the night. As the thunder faded down, the sun began to break through the clouds.
See also: down, fade

fade from something

[for something] to leave something gradually, such as one's consciousness, memory, view, etc. (See also fade from view.) The image faded from her memory at last.
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fade from view

[for a sight] to fade away, typically owing to loss of light or distance. The scene faded from view as the stage lights dimmed. My house faded from view as we drove down the long road to town.
See also: fade, view

fade into something

to diminish or change into something. The light of dusk faded into blackness. In the corner of the painting, the deep reds faded into lavender.
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fade out

 and fade away
to diminish and go away altogether. The light in the distance faded out as the sun began to set. The light faded out as the candles burned themselves out, one by one. As it got farther into the distance, the car faded away.
See also: fade, out

fade something down

to turn down a sound. (Broadcasting.) The radio engineer faded the music down and the announcer's voice began. She faded down the music.
See also: down, fade

fade something in

to bring a picture, sound, or both into prominence. (Broadcasting.) The technician faded the picture in and the program began. Fade in the picture a little faster next time.
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fade something out

to diminish something altogether. (Broadcasting.) At the end, you should fade the music out completely. Fade out the music earlier.
See also: fade, out

fade something up

to increase the sound gradually. (Broadcasting.) The director faded the music up and then down again before the announcer spoke. Fade up the music when the announcer stops talking.
See also: fade, up

fade out

1. Gradually disappear or become inaudible; also, cause to disappear or become inaudible gradually. For example, He let the final chord fade out completely before he played the next movement. The antonym is fade in, "to appear gradually or become audible," as in The images on the screen faded in until they could be seen clearly. These terms originated in the motion-picture and broadcasting industries, where they apply to images and sounds. [c. 1915]
2. Also, fade away. Quietly depart, as in "Florence Scape, Fanny Scape and their mother faded away to Boulogne" (William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, 1848). [Mid-1800s]
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do a fade

run away. informal
1990 Stephen King The Stand Two days ago, he would probably have done a fade himself if he had seen someone.
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blend/fade into the ˈwoodwork

behave in a way that does not attract any attention; disappear or hide: I decided the best thing to do would be to try and fade into the woodwork and hope that no one noticed me.
See also: blend, fade, woodwork

fade away

v.
To dissipate or fade slowly and completely: As I got older, my memories faded away.
See also: away, fade

fade back

v.
1. In American football, to move away from the line of scrimmage, opposite to the direction of the overall offensive play, in order to gain time to make a forward pass: The quarterback faded back and looked downfield for an open receiver.
2. To move something backwards into some space: After she took the medicine, the rash faded back to just her finger.
See also: back, fade

fade in

v.
To cause something, especially sound, light, or a cinematic or television image, to appear or be heard gradually: At the beginning of the play, a voice mutters quietly as the lights fade in.
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fade into

v.
To gradually assume a new degree or quality of visibility, brightness, or color: Each scene of the movie fades into black before the next one starts.
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fade out

v.
1. To disappear gradually: The final scene of the movie faded out.
2. To cause something, especially a sound or a cinematic or television image, to disappear gradually: The technician will fade out the lights when the speaker gets off the stage. I faded the spotlight out at the end of the act.
See also: fade, out

fade up

v.
1. To increase in intensity: The sound of the drums fades up as the piece begins.
2. To cause something to increase in intensity: The director said we should fade the lights up on the back of the stage. The picture faded up as the movie began.
See also: fade, up

do a fade

tv. to leave; to sneak away. It’s time for me to do a fade.
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fade

1. in. to leave. I think that the time has come for me to fade. See ya.
2. in. [for someone] to lose power; [for someone] to lose influence. Ralph is fading, and someone else will have to take over.

faded

mod. drunk; drug intoxicated. Man, is that guy ever faded! Look at him weave from one lane to another.
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2A] receptors to reduce the drastic level of fade caused by cisatracurium at 50 Hz.
2] and A1 receptors play roles in tetanic fade induced by pancuronium or cisatracurium.
If the flower is absent, expect the color of the bracts to fade quickly.
It is well-known that elements such as strontium and boron will naturally fade from the melt during holding time.
While the loss of strontium during holding time is mainly due to oxidation from exposure to air at the metal surface, it was found that the rate of fade increased as the bath temperature was raised.
Poor microstructures and physical properties of castings from the third laddle were due primarily to cold metal, in oculant fade and oxidation of the iron, the latter caused by exposure to the air prior to pouring.
Inoculant fade -- The effects of inoculation are at peak potency immediately after the inoculant is added to the molten metal and then quickly begin to fade.
This unique operating system enables consumers to control focus and activate a variety of switches, including record start/stop, digital effects, fade in/out, image close-up and others simply by moving their eye (see insert A).
By selecting one of the seven eye-controlled switches on the ES6000's menu screen, the user may activate fade, display the date and time of recording, add a title, activate record review, start and stop recording, set the white balance or apply a variety of digital effects or fader functions.
The Mg fade simulation in the probe makes this non-destructive testing QA technique more effective than metallographic or ultrasonic inspection as it inspects a larger sample volume and also shows how the iron would solidify if pouring were to continue for an additional 10-15 min.