Aphetic for obsolete evanish, from Middle English vanyshen, evaneschen, from Old French esvanir, esvaniss- (modern French évanouir), from Vulgar Latin *exvanire (“to vanish, disappear, to fade out”), from Latin evanescere, from vanus (“empty”). Doublet of evanesce.
vanish (third-person singular simple present vanishes, present participle vanishing, simple past and past participle vanished)
- To become invisible or to move out of view unnoticed.
- 1843 December 19, 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, 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, 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.
- (mathematics) To become equal to zero.
- The function such as vanishes at .
- (transitive) to disappear; to kidnap
- 2011, Patrick Meaney, Our Sentence Is Up: Seeing Grant Morrison's the Invisibles, Sequart, →ISBN, page 330:
- And as if to prove it, one of his friends was vanished and was never seen again. The guy got in a taxi one night, and no one ever saw him ever again.
- 2004, John Varley, The John Varley Reader, Penguin, →ISBN:
- It was whispered that men had been “vanished” by the Line and returned everted. Turned inside out.
vanish (plural vanishes)
- (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.
- 1827, James Rush, The Philosophy of the Human Voice:
- The median stres may also on a protracted quantity , slightly resemble respectively that of the radical and of the vanish , by sudenly enlarging in the course of the prolongation and gradualy diminishing ; and by the reverse
- A magic trick in which something seems to disappear.
- The French drop is a well-known vanish involving sleight of hand.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “vanish”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)
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