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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for vanishing point

nothingness, pinpoint

Examples from the Web for vanishing point

Historical Examples of vanishing point

  • Looking back upon his own poor story, she was its vanishing-point.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • At length the vanishing-point was reached, and horse and rider rounded the bend.

    The Night Riders

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • He is the vanishing-point between the rugged wilderness of the past in Western life and the vast achievement in the present.

    Last of the Great Scouts

    Helen Cody Wetmore

  • He took in the blocky shoulders and the square head, and he pictured the little eyes at a vanishing-point in lines of a bargain.

    The Crisis, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • And the conversation, thus re-established, developed on the same lines until the vanishing-point of the army of womankind.

    It Never Can Happen Again

    William De Morgan

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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