One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘The works are formed of shafts of colour that disappear to a vanishing point.’
- ‘Two other paintings also display contradictory geometries and inaccurate vanishing points and distance points.’
- ‘Fragmented planes appear to glide toward a central 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 decreasing disappears altogether.‘rates of interest dwindled to 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.’
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