• May watched the yacht until it disappeared from sight
    May watched the yacht until it disappeared from sight
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v disappear become less intense and fade away gradually "her resistance melted under his charm","her hopes evaporated after years of waiting for her fiance"
    • v disappear get lost, as without warning or explanation "He disappeared without a trace"
    • v disappear cease to exist "An entire civilization vanished"
    • v disappear become invisible or unnoticeable "The effect vanished when day broke"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Disappearing gun, lowered Disappearing gun, lowered
Disappearing gun, raised Disappearing gun, raised

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In order to mate, a male deep sea anglerfish will bite a female when he finds her. The male will never let go and will eventually merge his body into the female and spend the rest of his life inside the female mate. The males internal organs will disappear apart from the testes that are needed to for breeding
    • Disappear To cease to appear or to be perceived; to pass from view, gradually or suddenly; to vanish; to be no longer seen; as, darkness disappears at the approach of light; a ship disappears as she sails from port.
    • Disappear To cease to be or exist; as, the epidemic has disappeared .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: England and the American colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar on September 14th, 1752. 11 days disappeared.
    • disappear To vanish from or pass out of sight; recede from view; cease to appear; be no longer seen.
    • disappear To pass out of existence or out of knowledge; cease to exist or to be known: as, the epidemic has disappeared.
    • disappear To end somewhat gradually or without abrupt termination: as, the path disappeared in the depths of the forest; in entomology, a line on the wing disappearing at the subcostal vein.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Newborn babies have about 350 bones. They gradually merge and disappear until there are about 206 by age 5.
    • v.i Disappear dis-ap-pēr′ to vanish from sight
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  • Walter Benjamin
    “Separation penetrates the disappearing person like a pigment and steeps him in gentle radiance.”
  • David J. Schwartz
    “Do what you fear and fear disappears.”
  • Baron Grimm
    Baron Grimm
    “The glory of a nation and an age is always the work of a few great persons, and it disappears with them.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.”
  • Mark Twain
    “When we remember that we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.”
  • Stephane Mallarme
    Stephane Mallarme
    “The pure work implies the disappearance of the poet as speaker, who hands over to the words.”


In literature:

Quick as lightning he raised his rifle, pulled the trigger and the figure disappeared.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Six months later his wife disappeared, carrying off the cash-box.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert
The whole company disappeared, but a faint, sulphur-like flame hovered for a while over the spot they had left.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
He had tried to question him, but Daniel had disappeared.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Instead of rising into the air, as he had premeditated, he suddenly lowered his head, and disappeared under the water!
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
The shoppers had disappeared.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
In some cases it tends to disappear during the winter months.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Simon is dead, his children have disappeared.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
One night this mysterious stranger disappeared from the widow's cottage.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
When Paul turned to his essay he found that that had disappeared, too.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting

In poetry:

Touched--it in a twinkle
Leaving but a sprinkle,
As of tears.
"The Bubble" by William Allingham
This month is the gloomiest and saddest
Of all the year;
For in it nature's summer gladness
All disappear.
"October" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Lest Eden's lone peace perilous
With armies grow, refrain,
Lest from my sight you disappear
Into that pomp of pain.
"Immortal Eve - II" by Manmohan Ghose
The breeze whispers to the lotus,
"What is thy secret?"
"It is myself," says the lotus,
"Steal it and I disappear!"
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
That is what we play now, your
hands on my face and my hands
on your eyes. Incredible
how we disappear into each other.
"Day and Night" by Ho Xuan Huong
And God hath heard Eth'opia's cries,
And brought salvation near:
He promises her tears and sighs
Shall surely disappear.
"Ethiopia" by Benjamin Cutler Clark

In news:

IT WAS just last January when word came down from Wisconsin that the son of Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin had disappeared.
Human Rights Watch and EG Justice on Wednesday called on the government to investigate Fabian Nsue Nguema's disappearance.
Have you noticed that the medical term "VD" has practically disappeared, replaced by "STD".
About half the world's 6,000 languages could disappear, driven out by dominant tongues or repressive government policies, according to a Unesco study.
The Mint mark has been placed in three different locations, and disappeared completely for a time.
Every Night the Trees Disappear.
One of the sky's scariest stars puts on a disappearing-reappearing act.
Murder suspect exchanged Facebook posts with NJ girl before her disappearance, report says.
As if floating in a sea of sand, two portraits loom on the canvas, yet they seem to subtly, hauntingly disappear.
Parents, some who have suffered when their own children disappeared, say they won't stop until there are no more missing children.
The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is searching for information about the disappearance of 19-year-old Kara Nichols, including information about the brunette woman who was seen with Nichols the day she disappeared.
There hasn't been such a sad disappearing act since Burt on Soap.
Neighborhood taverns disappear from Chicago, other cities.
Strange patterns form for decades, then disappear for no reason.
NEW YORK – Bullpen perfection disappeared for the Baltimore Orioles when it mattered most.

In science:

So if localized eigenstate with energy E disappears at g = gc as g is increased, then the localization length of the eigenstate Ψ0(x) is 1/gc.
Random-mass Dirac fermions in an imaginary vector potential: Delocalization transition and localization length
Such enhancement of  explains disappearance of cavitational bubbles at T  T  .
Hierarchic Models of Turbulence, Superfluidity and Superconductivity
It may be that at the burst peak, the oscillations disappear because of this effect.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
After a time ∼< 1 s (see text for references to simulations of bursts), the convection zone shrinks and disappears, leaving a radiative atmosphere.
Rotational Evolution During Type I X-Ray Bursts
When disorder is weak and for frequencies within the gaps, such a stochastic resonance behavior disappears.
Localization of acoustic waves in 1D random liquid media