1. 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)

2. To lose freshness, colour, or brightness; to become faint in hue or tint; hence, to be wanting in colour. "Flowers that never fade."

3. 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)

Origin: OE. Faden, vaden, prob. Fr. Fade,; cf. Prov. D. Vadden to fade, wither, vaddigh languid, torpid. Cf. Fade, Vade.

Weak; insipid; tasteless; commonplace. "Passages that are somewhat fade." "His masculine taste gave him a sense of something fade and ludicrous." (De Quincey)

Origin: F, prob. Fr. L. Vapidus vapid, or possibly fr,fatuus foolish, insipid.

(01 Mar 1998)