van·​ish·​ing·​ly | \ ˈva-ni-shiŋ-lē \

Definition of vanishingly

: so as to be almost nonexistent or invisible the difference is vanishingly small

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Some of the staff will remain at the center until one or two in the morning, painstakingly selecting cells that look hardy and poking them with vanishingly tiny glass pipettes to zap them with electricity and record their response. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 From a prior odds perspective, the likelihood of a plot so enormous and intricate coming together out of all other conceivable possibilities is vanishingly small. Liv Boeree, Vox, "How an 18th-century priest gave us the tools to make better decisions," 30 Nov. 2018 Criminals and gang members make up a vanishingly small share of people coming into the United States. Dara Lind, Vox, "Trump’s latest tweets about the migrant caravan, explained (and debunked)," 18 Oct. 2018 Compromises would not have satisfied the Jardines and Mathesons, and the likelihood that no British government would ever have decided that violence was its least bad option seems vanishingly small. Ian Morris, New York Times, "The Opium War and the Humiliation of China," 2 July 2018 The time when the ball is actually in play is vanishingly small—yet not quite brief enough to reduce the four or five hour investment that watching a baseball game now entails. WSJ, "American Sports Can Be Sleepier Than Soccer," 11 July 2018 But vanishingly few have gotten as far as Hardiman, who is reported to be one of two men President Trump is considering for appointment to the Supreme Court. Martin Finucane,, "Thomas Hardiman was ‘most likely to succeed’ at Waltham High. He now may be a Supreme Court pick," 9 July 2018 And, in very rare cases, this method could come up with a denominator that's off by a factor of two, thanks to common factors (though this chance becomes vanishingly small in games with more than a few Achievements). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Valve leaks Steam game player counts; we have the numbers," 6 July 2018 In other words, for all the liberal fears that Kennedy will be replaced with someone like Gorsuch, the ideological distance between Kennedy and Gorsuch is vanishingly small. Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "We’re Fucked," 27 June 2018

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1870, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of vanishingly

used to say that something is so small that it almost does not exist at all

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