Fade (?) a. [F., prob. fr. L. vapidus vapid, or possibly fr,fatuus foolish, insipid.]

Weak; insipid; tasteless; commonplace.

[R.] "Passages that are somewhat fade."


His masculine taste gave him a sense of something fade and ludicrous. De Quincey.


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Fade (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Faded; p. pr. & vb. n. Fading.] [OE. faden, vaden, prob. fr. fade, a.; cf. Prov. D. vadden to fade, wither, vaddigh languid, torpid. Cf. Fade, a., Vade.]


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. Is. xxiv. 4.


To lose freshness, color, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in color.

"Flowers that never fade."



To sink away; to disappear gradually; to grow dim; to vanish.

The stars shall fade away. Addison

He makes a swanlike end, Fading in music. Shak.


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Fade, v. t.

To cause to wither; to deprive of freshness or vigor; to wear away.

No winter could his laurels fade. Dryden.


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