fade to black

Definition of fade to black

of a movie or TV screen

  1. :  to change gradually until it is completely black As the hero rides into the sunset, the screen fades to black.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to lose freshness, strength, or vitality :  wither

    :  to lose freshness or brilliance of color

    :  to sink away :  vanish

  1. :  fade-out

    :  a gradual changing of one picture to another in a motion-picture or television sequence

    :  a fading of an automobile brake

  1. :  insipid, commonplace

  1. :  of the color black (see 2black 2)

    :  very dark in color

    :  having a very deep or low register (see 1register 4b)

  1. :  a pigment or dye of the color black :  a black pigment or dye

    :  one consisting largely of carbon

    :  the achromatic (see achromatic 3) color of least lightness characteristically perceived to belong to objects that neither reflect nor transmit light

  1. :  to become black (see 1black)

    :  to make black

    :  to declare (as a business or industry) subject to boycott by trade-union members

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a dividing ridge between drainage areas

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