fade-out

fade-out

[feyd-out]
noun
1.
Movies, Television. a gradual decrease in the visibility of a scene.
2.
Broadcasting, Recording. a gradual decrease in the volume of sound, especially of recorded or broadcast music, dialogue, or the like, usually ending in complete inaudibility.
3.
a gradual disappearance or reduction: the fade-out of a brilliant career.

Origin:
1915–20; noun use of verb phrase fade out

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fade-out
 
n
1.  films an optical effect in which a shot slowly disappears into darkness
2.  a gradual reduction in signal strength in a radio or television broadcast
3.  a gradual and temporary loss of a received radio or television signal due to atmospheric disturbances, magnetic storms, etc
4.  a slow or gradual disappearance
 
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5.  to decrease or cause to decrease gradually, as vision or sound in a film or broadcast

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