vanish

Definitions

  • Everything vanished and, instead, there appeared a pretty little peasant's cottage
    Everything vanished and, instead, there appeared a pretty little peasant's cottage
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vanish decrease rapidly and disappear "the money vanished in las Vegas","all my stock assets have vaporized"
    • v vanish get lost, as without warning or explanation "He disappeared without a trace"
    • v vanish cease to exist "An entire civilization vanished"
    • v vanish pass away rapidly "Time flies like an arrow","Time fleeing beneath him"
    • v vanish become invisible or unnoticeable "The effect vanished when day broke"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

May watched the water-logged craft as it vanished under a distant bridge May watched the water-logged craft as it vanished under a distant bridge

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why tattoos do not vanish even though we shed our skin is because the dye is injected deeper into the dermis part of the skin. It is only the epidermis that we shed
    • n Vanish văn"ĭsh (Phon) The brief terminal part of a vowel or vocal element, differing more or less in quality from the main part; as, a as in ale ordinarily ends with a vanish of i as in ill o as in old with a vanish of oo as in foot .☞ The vanish is included by Mr. Bell under the general term glide.
    • Vanish To be annihilated or lost; to pass away. "All these delights will vanish ."
    • Vanish To pass from a visible to an invisible state; to go out of sight; to disappear; to fade; as, vapor vanishes from the sight by being dissipated; a ship vanishes from the sight of spectators on land. "The horse vanished . . . out of sight.""Go; vanish into air; away!""The champions vanished from their posts with the speed of lightning.""Gliding from the twilight past to vanish among realities."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Listerine mouthwash can be used as a deoderant. Douse your armpits with it and the smell vanishes within a couple minutes.
    • vanish To disappear quickly; pass from a visible to an invisible state; become imperceptible.
    • vanish To pass out of view; pass beyond the limit of vision; disappear gradually; fade away.
    • vanish To pass away; be annihilated or lost; be no more.
    • vanish To rise or be given off, as breath; exhale.
    • vanish In mathematics, to become zero.
    • n vanish In phonetics, a sound with which another principal sound vanishes or ends, as the ē-sound of ā (the i in ei as pronounced in veil), or the ö-sound of ō (the u in ou as pronounced in soul).
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Vanish van′ish to pass away from a place, leaving it vacant or empty: to disappear: to be annihilated or lost: :
    • v.i Vanish van′ish (math.) to become zero
    • v.i Vanish van′ish (Shak.) to exhale
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Quotations

  • Naomi Wolf
    Naomi Wolf
    “Women have face-lifts in a society in which women without them appear to vanish from sight.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
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    “Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day.”
  • Logan Pearsall Smith
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    “I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
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    “Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes.”
  • Og Mandino
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    “Treasure the love you receive above all. It will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished.”
  • John Quincy Adams
    John Quincy Adams
    “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vanissen, OF. vanir,in comp.): cf. OF. envanir, esvanir, esvanuïr, F. s'évanouir,; fr. L. vanus, empty, vain; cf. L. vanescere, evanescere, to vanish. See Vain, and cf. Evanescent,-ish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. vanescĕre, to pass away—vanus, empty.

Usage

In literature:

Topaz had been taped by men of the vanished star empire.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
Tears fell from his eyes as he waved his arms and vanished.
"Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen" by Alexander Chodsko
At last a stretch of dense swamp headed him off, and the canoe vanished from his sight.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
His companions vanished in the darkness.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
All traces of the unwonted tenderness in the old woman's face had vanished.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Harlan stood motionless until Deveny vanished into the First Chance, then he turned quickly and entered the sheriff's office.
"'Drag' Harlan" by Charles Alden Seltzer
If you had made a mistake the bags wouldn't vanish.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
His fear vanished with his bewilderment and gave place to heroic resolution.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
Without a word Bob vanished.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
The boy asked for his card, vanished with it, returned and bade him follow.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
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In poetry:

Love is like a flower,
Delicate and bright,
But faded in an hour,
Vanish'd ere the night.
"Friendship and Love" by Mary Anne Browne
When I and all who know
And love me vanish so,
What harm to them or me
Will the lost memory be?
"An Autograph" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I approach and ye vanish away,
I grasp you, and ye are gone;
But ever by night and by day,
The melody soundeth on.
"Fata Morgana. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And every man must rise and leave
His pleasant homely door
To vanish through this silent gate
And enter in no more--
"The Town Between" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
"And my full heart within whose fount I hear
Your voices that are vanished,
Can it forget its gratitude or fear
Foes that you braved and banished?
"The Strong Man To His Sires" by Cale Young Rice
The last! then be it charged with fire,
With sacred passion wild and white,
With such a glory of desire,
We two shall vanish in its light,
And find each other in God's sight.
"The Last Tryst" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

The haunting cry of the common loon in NH is vanishing from many New England waters.
The haunting cry of the common loon is vanishing from many New England waters.
OTTAWA — This could be the weekend in which the Devils' playoff hopes truly vanish.
Should seconds vanish from times at altitude.
Scientists on Florida's Gulf Coast are trying to find an underwater robot that has mysteriously vanished.
Old-fashioned lifetime pensions are vanishing.
In an Oak Brook instant, 86 years of separation vanish.
Ed Schneider says he was horrified to find a row of trees and plants had just vanished.
The Vanishing 10 pm Broadcast Drama.
Matthew McConaughey is vanishing before our eyes.
His pregnant girlfriend came from a long line of vanishing dads.
Val McDermid's ' Vanishing Point ' explores celebrity and motherhood.
The Corner as Trap, Symbol, Vanishing Point , History Lesson.
Modest, curious and experienced—a vanishing breed in journalism.
The Hunt For A Vanishing Woodpecker .
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In science:

The case of vanishing external field and vanishing interaction yields the equiprobable distribution and the absolute maximum entropy: S (B = 0, J = 0, T ) .
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
Under V ′ , the functions in HK which vanish on Ω \ {w0} correspond to the functions in HK ′ which vanish on Ω′ \ {w ′ 0}, where w ′ 0 = 0.
A note on interpolation in the generalized Schur class
This ratio vanishes in the limit Rs → 0, which implies that although the string scale vanishes, the energy scale of interest is smaller still.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
We will assume here for simplicity that the background has a vanishing gauge field and vanishing fermionic fields.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
Therefore, both Hµν and Fµν vanish if the aµ is vanishing.
Vacuum Non Singular Black Hole Solutions in Tetrad Theory of Gravitation
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