- to disappear from sight, especially quickly; become invisible: The frost vanished when the sun came out.
- to go away, especially furtively or mysteriously; disappear by quick departure: The thief vanished in the night.
- to disappear by ceasing to exist; come to an end: The pain vanished after he took an aspirin.
- Mathematics. (of a number, quantity, or function) to become zero.
- to cause to disappear.
- Phonetics. the last part of a vowel sound when it differs noticeably in quality from the main sound, as the faint (ē) at the end of the (ā) in the pronunciation of pain.
Origin of vanish
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Examples from the Web for vanishment
My anger at Jatinda's vanishment was evaporated in laughter.Autobiography of a YOGI
Mark the spot of its vanishment and approach never so cautiously, and you see naught.Tropic Days
E. J. Banfield
Larry had guessed that hurt pride was the reason for Hunt's vanishment from the world which had known him.Children of the Whirlwind
She would await the vanishment of the mist, passing content, meanwhile, with the heart-riches that were hers beyond peradventure.Jessamine
- to disappear, esp suddenly or mysteriously
- to cease to exist; fade away
- maths to become zero
- phonetics rare the second and weaker of the two vowels in a falling diphthong
Word Origin and History for vanishment
c.1300, from shortened form of stem of Old French esvanir "disappear," from Vulgar Latin *exvanire, from Latin evanescere "disappear, die out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vanescere "vanish," from vanus "empty" (see vain). Related: Vanished; vanishing. Vanishing point in perspective drawing is recorded from 1797.
Idioms and Phrases with vanishment
see under into thin air.