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 shot’s vantage foreshortens Susiraja’s reclining figure, exaggerating its proportions, rendering her bare legs and midsection mountainous while shrinking her head, which almost aligns with the composition’s vanishing point. Johanna Fateman, The New Yorker, 22 May 2022 Within 60 or 70 years, their numbers had tumbled to a near-vanishing point: 600 by one reckoning; 2,000 by another. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 The third has become the vanishing point for the Celtics. Globe Staff,, 9 June 2022 The chamber of the United States House of Representatives has a vanishing point as well. Paul Begala, CNN, 26 Feb. 2022 Apart from a few diagonals gesturing laconically toward a vanishing point, there’s no real attempt to create a sense of receding space. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 Over time, some change in the environment—maybe a tick-borne disease or more habitat disappearing—pushes the genetically vulnerable population to the vanishing point. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 30 June 2021 There’s something strange about its perspective scheme: The vanishing point seems to be off to the left. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 This optical technique, perfected in 15th-century Italian visual art, arranged scenic images around a central vanishing point, creating the semblance of an infinitely receding space. Joseph Cermatori, New York Times, 11 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of vanishing point

1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Aug 2022

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“Vanishing point.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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