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vanishing point

noun
1.
a point of disappearance, cessation, or extinction:
His patience had reached the vanishing point.
2.
(in the study of perspective in art) that point toward which receding parallel lines appear to converge.
Origin of vanishing point
1790-1800
1790-1800
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  • In a word, his concern with life is reduced to a vanishing point before he is called on to give it up.

    The Blindman's World Edward Bellamy
  • How, then, have we come to this vanishing point of absurdity?

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Tunnel-like streets, flanked on either side by shining metallic ramps and runways, stretched endlessly to the vanishing point.

    The Street That Wasn't There Clifford Donald Simak
  • But an argument that is reduced to these examples must be near its vanishing point.

    Practical Essays Alexander Bain
  • But when a fox's scent has gradually diminished until it tends to vanishing point, it is useless to attempt to hunt him.

    A Cotswold Village J. Arthur Gibbs
  • It was as if the vanishing point of mercy had been reached, and savages were at their backs.

    The Alaskan James Oliver Curwood
  • These changes seem to many to minimize the individual mother's responsibility in these matters to the vanishing point.

    The Family and it's Members Anna Garlin Spencer
  • 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

noun
1.
the point to which parallel lines appear to converge in the rendering of perspective, usually on the horizon
2.
a point in space or time at or beyond which something disappears or ceases to exist
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