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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Vanish \Van"ish\ (v[a^]n"[i^]sh), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Vanished (v[a^]n"[i^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Vanishing.] [OE. vanissen, OF. vanir (in comp.): cf. OF. envanir, esvanir, esvanu["i]r, F. s'['e]vanouir; fr. L. vanus empty, vain; cf. L. vanescere, evanescere, to vanish. See Vain, and cf. Evanescent,-ish.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] The horse vanished . . . out of sight. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Go; vanish into air; away! --Shak. [1913 Webster] The champions vanished from their posts with the speed of lightning. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] Gliding from the twilight past to vanish among realities. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster] 2. To be annihilated or lost; to pass away. "All these delights will vanish." --Milton. [1913 Webster]