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    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    As they looked the whole world became perfectly silent, and a flight of gulls crossed the sky, first one gull leading, then another, and in this extraordinary silence and peace, in this pallor, in this purity, bells struck eleven times, the sound fading up there among the gulls.

    fade up = gradually increase (of sound ); become clearer; reverberate

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    Re: fade up

    No - just the opposite. The sound was dying away among the gulls up in the sky.

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    Exclamation Re: fade up

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    As they looked the whole world became perfectly silent, and a flight of gulls crossed the sky, first one gull leading, then another, and in this extraordinary silence and peace, in this pallor, in this purity, bells struck eleven times, the sound fading up there among the gulls.

    fade up = gradually increase with a sobering effect(of sound ); become clearer; reverberate

    Thanks for your efforts.

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    V.
    You are right. I think reverbarate is more appropriate to describe the sobering effect of the sound in the srrounding area.

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    Re: fade up

    In this context, (the sound fading up there among the gulls'), Rover _KE is right. The sound of the bells is fading, and where it's fading is 'up there in the clouds'. The bolding in vil's original is misleading. In this context 'fade up' is not the phrasal verb that means 'increase relatively to other sounds'.

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    Re: fade up

    Thank you all for your assistance.

    I’m sorry to say that I have made the mentioned above regrettable misunderstanding.

    I was mislead by the following enticing excerpts from my dictionary:

    die away = die down = trail away, be hushed, fade out, sound hollow, stall

    The radio station faded the music down to give a special news broadcast.

    The music faded away.

    Having done my job in starting the club, I decided that it was time I faded out and left the work to younger members.

    but fade-in (noun) = a gradual increase in a motion-picture or television image's visibility at the beginning of a sequence

    After the introduction, we'll fade in the first scene.

    In my humble opinion

    fade up = fade in = the gradual introduction of a sound until it is audible or of an image until it is visible
    or fade up = gradually increase with a sobering effect (of sound ); become clearer; reverberate

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    Re: fade up

    Yes, the phrasal verb 'fade up' means that, but in this the verb is 'fade' and 'up in the clouds' is an adverbial phrase. In that context the sound DIMINISHES/DWINDLES/ATTENUATES.

    That's all from me.

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    Re: fade up

    Hi BobK,

    There is no doubt about that. I expressed my gratitude to you in my post above. I admitted my faults openly yet. Have I cover my head with ashes as the good, old Job did that?(Ref. "The Book of Job")

    Thank you again more than I can say.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: fade up

    Sorry - I misunderstood.

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