vanishing point


Definition of vanishing point

1 : a point at which receding parallel lines seem to meet when represented in linear perspective
2 : a point at which something disappears or ceases to exist

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Examples of vanishing point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the time of Wallace’s death, in 1998, his influence over the electorate and the two major parties had dissipated to the vanishing point. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump, George Wallace, and the Influence of Losers," 4 Dec. 2020 Malignant social psychology hastens the vanishing point. Longreads, "On Vanishing," 14 Apr. 2020 Last Supper contains perhaps the most famous vanishing point. Longreads, "On Vanishing," 14 Apr. 2020 On one side, shipping-container shapes speed toward a vanishing point; on another, a towering wall buckles like a volleyball net in the wind. Julie V. Iovine, WSJ, "Modest in Size, Not Distinction," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of vanishing point

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Vanishing point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vanishing point

: a point where parallel lines appear to meet in the distance

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