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 The result is a distracting jumble that reduces the stakes of the movie’s mighty showdown nearly to a vanishing point, and turns the title titans and their other colossal cohorts into the incredible shrinking monsters. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Godzilla vs. Kong,” Reviewed: A Monster Mush of Two Venerable Franchises," 2 Apr. 2021 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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The first known use of vanishing point was in 1797

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15 Apr 2021

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“Vanishing point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 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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