[fawr-shawr-tn, fohr-]
verb (used with object)
  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 according to the rules of perspective.
  2. to abridge, reduce, or contract; make shorter.

Origin of foreshorten

First recorded in 1600–10; fore- + shorten
Related formsun·fore·short·ened, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (tr)
  1. to represent (a line, form, object, etc) as shorter than actual length in order to give an illusion of recession or projection, in accordance with the laws of linear perspective
  2. to make shorter or more condensed; reduce or abridge
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Word Origin and History for foreshorten

c.1600, from fore- + shorten. Related: Foreshortened; foreshortening.

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