vanishing point


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

Illustration of vanishing point

Illustration of vanishing point
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Examples of vanishing point in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But years of relentless human population growth have driven many to the vanishing point: Florida is home to sixty-seven species of threatened and endangered animals, among the highest numbers in the continental U.S. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 17 July 2023 Together the vanishing points define the viewpoint of the observer. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Apr. 2023 Historic Black communities in Fayetteville are down to the vanishing point, panelists were told. Doug Thompson, Arkansas Online, 23 June 2023 These renderings can proceed in different ways, determined by the number of vanishing points employed. IEEE Spectrum, 14 Apr. 2023 Many of the environments have vanishing points deep into the distance, creating a sense of overwhelming scale, a cross between old Soviet and Fascist architectural drawings and the eerie infinite spaces in Roy Andersson’s Songs from the Second Floor. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Feb. 2023 Dack’s formidably original perspective and temperament seem formatted away to the vanishing point. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 6 Mar. 2023 The progress of the disease is a forced march toward the vanishing point of mianzi. Cheri Lucas Rowlands, Longreads, 18 Dec. 2020 The story acknowledges its collapse at this vanishing point, which is not a frontier of any type or variety. Jonathan Lethem, The New Yorker, 24 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Vanishing point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

vanishing point

: a point at which parallel lines seem to meet (as in a drawing)
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