vanishing point

noun

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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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vanishing point

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

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