foreshorten VERB 1) represent as having less depth or distance than in reality, so as to convey an effect of perspective. 2) shorten or reduce in time or scale.

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  • Foreshorten — Fore*short en, v. t. 1. (Fine Art) To represent on a plane surface, as if extended in a direction toward the spectator or nearly so; to shorten by drawing in perspective. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To represent pictorially to the imagination. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foreshorten — index abridge (shorten), condense Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • foreshorten — (v.) c.1600, from FORE (Cf. fore ) + SHORTEN (Cf. shorten). Related: Foreshortened; foreshortening …   Etymology dictionary

  • foreshorten — [fôr shôrt′ n] vt. 1. Drawing Painting etc. to represent some lines of (an object) as shorter than they actually are in order to give the illusion of proper relative size, in accordance with the principles of perspective 2. to present in… …   English World dictionary

  • foreshorten — [[t]fɔː(r)ʃɔ͟ː(r)t(ə)n[/t]] foreshortens, foreshortening, foreshortened 1) VERB To foreshorten someone or something means to draw them, photograph them, or see them from an unusual angle so that the parts of them that are furthest away seem… …   English dictionary

  • foreshorten — transitive verb Date: 1606 1. to shorten by proportionately contracting in the direction of depth so that an illusion of projection or extension in space is obtained 2. to make more compact ; abridge, shorten …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • foreshorten — /fawr shawr tn, fohr /, v.t. 1. Fine Arts. to reduce or distort (parts of a represented object that are not parallel to the picture plane) in order to convey the illusion of three dimensional space as perceived by the human eye: often done… …   Universalium

  • foreshorten — verb a) To render the image of an object such that it appears to be receding in space as it is perceived visually. b) to abridge, reduce, contract …   Wiktionary

  • foreshorten — Synonyms and related words: abbreviate, abridge, abstract, bob, boil down, capsulize, clip, compress, condense, contract, crop, curtail, cut, cut back, cut down, cut off short, cut short, dock, elide, epitomize, mow, nip, poll, pollard, prune,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • foreshorten — v. draw in perspective to give the appearance of depth; shorten, minimize …   English contemporary dictionary

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