vanishing Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a sudden or mysterious disappearance
  2. noun a sudden disappearance from sight
  3. verb get lost, as without warning or explanation
    go away; vanish; disappear.
    • He disappeared without a trace
  4. verb become invisible or unnoticeable
    go away; vanish; disappear.
    • The effect vanished when day broke
  5. verb pass away rapidly
    fly; fell; vanish.
    • Time flies like an arrow
    • Time fleeing beneath him
  6. verb cease to exist
    vanish; disappear.
    • An entire civilization vanished
  7. verb decrease rapidly and disappear
    fly; vanish; vaporize.
    • the money vanished in las Vegas
    • all my stock assets have vaporized


  1. a. & n. from Vanish, v.

Webster 1913