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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To dissipate or disappear like vapor. See Synonyms at disappear.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To disappear into a mist or dissipate in vapor
  • v. To transition from the solid state to gaseous state without ever becoming a liquid

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To vanish away; to become dissipated and disappear, like vapor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To vanish away or by degrees; disappear gradually; fade out or away; be dissipated: as, evanescing colors or vapors.
  • To disappear, as the edge of a polyhedron, by the rotation of two adjacent faces into one plane.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. disappear gradually

Etymologies

Latin ēvānēscere, to vanish : ē-, ex-, ex- + vānēscere, to disappear (from vānus, empty).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin evanescere ("to vanish"). (Wiktionary)

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