General English


  • noun a periodic reduction in the received strength of a radio transmission
  • noun a periodic reduction in braking power


  • To gradually lose strength, or to slowly disappear. Said for instance, of a signal, image, or sound which progressively diminishes.
  • synonymfading


  • verb to leave (a place), go away. A piece of hipster and beatnik language from the 1950s which has been revived by teenagers since the 1980s.
  • verb to meet or cover a bet. From the language of the dice game craps.
  • verb to kill, eliminate. A term from the argot of street gangs and other criminals.


  • noun a shot in which the ball curves slightly from left to right in the air
  • verb to hit a ball so that, in a right-handed shot, it curves slightly from left to right, or be hit in this way

Origin & History of “fade”

Fade comes from Old French fader, a derivative of the adjective fade ‘faded, vapid’. this in turn came from vulgar Latin *fatidus, which probably represents an alteration of Latin fatuus ‘stupid, insipid’ (source of English fatuous (17th c.)) under the influence of Latin vapidus ‘flat, lifeless’ (source of English vapid).