Pronunciation Verb

vanish (vanishes, present participle vanishing; past and past participle vanished)

  1. To become invisible or to move#Verb|move out of view#Noun|view unnoticed.
    • 1843 December 18, Charles Dickens, “Stave Three. The Second of the Three Spirits.”, in A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, London: Chapman & Hall, […], OCLC 55746801 ↗, pages 79–80 ↗:
      Holly, mistletoe, red berries, ivy, turkeys, geese, game, poultry, brawn, meat, pigs, sausages, oysters, pies, puddings, fruit, and punch, all vanished instantly.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, chapter I, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [;view=1up;seq=5 page 01]:
      The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
  2. (mathematics) To become equal to zero.
    The function f(x)=x^2 vanishes at x=0.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Translations
  • French: s'annuler
  • German: verschwinden
  • Portuguese: anular-se
  • Russian: обнули́ться
  • Spanish: anularse

vanish (plural vanishes)

  1. (phonetics) The brief terminal part of a vowel or vocal element, differing more or less in quality from the main part.
    a as in ale ordinarily ends with a vanish of i as in ill.
    o as in old ordinarily ends with a vanish of oo as in foot.
  2. A magic trick in which something seems to disappear.
    The French drop is a well-known vanish involving sleight of hand.

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