fade away

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fade away (third-person singular simple present fades away, present participle fading away, simple past and past participle faded away)

  1. To lose strength, become weaker; to wane; to disappear or reduce slowly.
    Coordinate terms: fall away, slip away, tail off, taper off, trail off
    I was angry at first, but my rage faded away over time.
    • 1712 (date written), [Joseph] Addison, Cato, a Tragedy. [], London: [] J[acob] Tonson, [], published 1713, →OCLC, Act I, scene v, page 1:
      The stars shall fade away.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, chapter 21, in Dracula, New York, N.Y.: Modern Library, →OCLC:
      "I felt my strength fading away, and I was in a half swoon. How long this horrible thing lasted I know not, but it seemed that a long time must have passed before he took his foul, awful, sneering mouth away. I saw it drip with the fresh blood!"
    • 1963, The Beatles (lyrics and music), “I'll Be on My Way”:
      The sun is fading away
      That's the end of the day

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fade away

  1. (art) A painting technique in which young women's clothes fade into the background.
    • 2009, Alison A. Nieder, Jim Heimann, 100 Ans de Pubs de Mode, page 1879:
      Phillips became known for the "fade away, in which the main figures' clothing is the same color as the background, allowing the elements to partially blend.
    • 2015, David Leopold, The Hirschfeld Century:
      Hirschfeld captured many scenes in line and employed Coles Phillips's "fade away" technique in his painting on the left.
    • 2019, Coles Phillips, Fadeaway: The Remarkable Imagery of Coles Phillips:
      In Phillip's "Fade Away" style, he is literally editing out elements (by making them the same flat color as the background), but those elements are still there.