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"Stop trying to fade me out, I'm giving a monologue here."

Dissolve from a scene to black (or, on occasion, white). The opposite of Fade In. Often, the last instruction in a script or screenplay.

Actually originated on stage, where the stage lights would fade out to mark transitions.

Also a musical technique whereby a song fades to silence. Most of the time this is done to save the songwriter the hassle of having to write an ending -- the chorus will repeat, sometimes with a Truck Driver's Gear Change, and the song will fade out.

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