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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
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Looking back upon his own poor story, she was its vanishing-point.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • On reaching this, the vanishing-point, Jarwin awoke to a consciousness of the dread reality of his destitute condition.

    Jarwin and Cuffy R.M. Ballantyne
  • 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
  • This is precisely what we have to do with regard to that "vanishing-point of sensation" which is the substratum of the soul.

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
  • But faced with the tangible workings of criminal investigation her resolution and her theories shrank to vanishing-point.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • There lay the vanishing-point of the Spawn City trail, and beyond that they knew the danger-zone to lie.

  • In the rear came David, and quite in the vanishing-point of the composition, Anne the fair.

    The Trumpet-Major Thomas Hardy
  • It increased when the steamer re-stoked her fires, and diminished almost to vanishing-point as the fuel was consumed.

    Godfrey Morgan Jules Verne
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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