Definition of vanishing point in US English:

vanishing point


  • 1The point at which receding parallel lines viewed in perspective appear to converge.

    • ‘Her scenes have no horizon line or vanishing point and consist of glowing color fields or grounds.’
    • ‘Two other paintings also display contradictory geometries and inaccurate vanishing points and distance points.’
    • ‘Fragmented planes appear to glide toward a central vanishing point.’
    • ‘The works are formed of shafts of colour that disappear to a vanishing point.’
    • ‘Would you stand there and plot the many vanishing points and diminishing lines, or would you draw what you see?’
  • 2in singular The point at which something that has been growing smaller or increasingly faint disappears altogether.

    ‘custody fees have dropped close to the vanishing point’
    • ‘These very different formats interestingly end up meeting at the same vanishing point: silence.’
    • ‘This year we're getting close to the vanishing point.’


vanishing point

/ˈvænɪʃɪŋ ˌpɔɪnt//ˈvaniSHiNG ˌpoint/