Pronunciation: (fād'out"), [key]
1. Motion Pictures, Television.a gradual decrease in the visibility of a scene.
2. Broadcasting, Recording.a gradual decrease in the volume of sound, esp. 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.
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