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intr.v. van·ished, van·ish·ing, van·ish·es
a. To pass out of sight, especially quickly; disappear. See Synonyms at disappear.
b. To pass out of existence: when the dinosaurs vanished from the earth.
2. Mathematics To become zero. Used of a function or variable.

[Middle English vanisshen, alteration of Old French esvanir, esvaniss-, from Vulgar Latin *exvanīre, alteration of Latin ēvānēscere : ē-, ex-, ex- + vānēscere, to vanish (from vānus, empty; see euə- in Indo-European roots).]

van′ish·er n.
van′ish·ing·ly adv.
van′ish·ment n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vanishing - a sudden or mysterious disappearancevanishing - a sudden or mysterious disappearance
disappearance - the event of passing out of sight
2.vanishing - a sudden disappearance from sightvanishing - a sudden disappearance from sight  
disappearance, disappearing - the act of leaving secretly or without explanation


[ˈvænɪʃɪŋ] CPD vanishing cream Ncrema f de día
vanishing point N (fig) → punto m de fuga
vanishing trick Ntruco m de desaparecer


vanishing act
vanishing cream
n(Haut)pflegecreme f
vanishing point
n (Math) → Fluchtpunkt m; (fig)Nullpunkt m
vanishing trick
n to do a vanishing (magician)etwas verschwinden lassen; he did a vanishing with the rabbiter hat das Kaninchen weggezaubert; every time he’s needed he does a vanishing (inf)jedes Mal, wenn man ihn braucht, verdrückt er sich (inf)
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The long table was full, and every-- one intent on getting their dinner, the gentlemen especially, who seemed to be eating on time, for they bolted in every sense of the word, vanishing as soon as they were done.
He stood close to her, and the effrontery in his eyes repelled the old, vanishing self in her, yet drew all her awakening sensuousness.
There was the flash of a red shirt vanishing in an adjacent doorway; the fading apparition of a pair of high boots and blue overalls in another; the abrupt withdrawal of a curly blond head from a sashless window over the way.
The play and slight agitation of the water, in its upward gush, wrought magically with these variegated pebbles, and made a continually shifting apparition of quaint figures, vanishing too suddenly to be definable.
A better book than I shall ever write was there; leaf after leaf presenting itself to me, just as it was written out by the reality of the flitting hour, and vanishing as fast as written, only because my brain wanted the insight, and my hand the cunning, to transcribe it.
I traced the white road winding round the base of one mountain, and vanishing in a gorge between two; how I longed to follow it farther
I'll hae no hend wi't,' muttered the head, vanishing.
Long practice had made the old militia-man an adept in the art of vanishing.
Our profits are vanishing, our machinery is standing idle, our workmen are locked out.
I said pig,' replied Alice; `and I wish you wouldn't keep appearing and vanishing so suddenly: you make one quite giddy.
To all this Sancho listened with no little sorrow at heart to see how his hopes of dignity were fading away and vanishing in smoke, and how the fair Princess Micomicona had turned into Dorothea, and the giant into Don Fernando, while his master was sleeping tranquilly, totally unconscious of all that had come to pass.
The bourgeois family will vanish as a matter of course when its complement vanishes, and both will vanish with the vanishing of capital.