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vanishing point

a point of disappearance, cessation, or extinction:
His patience had reached the vanishing point.
(in the study of perspective in art) that point toward which receding parallel lines appear to converge.
Origin of vanishing point
First recorded in 1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When we are young there is never any vanishing point to our day-dreams.

  • How, then, have we come to this vanishing point of absurdity?

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • And she moved as though she was always on the vanishing point.

    The Landleaguers

    Anthony Trollope
  • We are not now in search of the vanishing point where Matter subtilizes.

    Seraphita Honore de Balzac
  • Most of us, I think, see them in perspective, of which our birth is the vanishing point.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • But an argument that is reduced to these examples must be near its vanishing point.

    Practical Essays Alexander Bain
  • It was as if the vanishing point of mercy had been reached, and savages were at their backs.

    The Alaskan James Oliver Curwood
  • Hogg's temper was at vanishing point, and this was the last straw.

    A Little Bush Maid Mary Grant Bruce
British Dictionary definitions for vanishing point

vanishing point

the point to which parallel lines appear to converge in the rendering of perspective, usually on the horizon
a point in space or time at or beyond which something disappears or ceases to exist
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