- 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.
- to abridge, reduce, or contract; make shorter.
Origin of foreshorten
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Examples from the Web for foreshorten
The mountains dwarf mankind and foreshorten the procession of its long generations.The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table
Oliver Wendell Holmes
You foreshorten as though you never used the model, and you've caught Kami's pasty way of dealing with flesh in shadow.The Works of Rudyard Kipling: One Volume Edition
After all, foreshortening is only good drawing, and a good draughtsman will foreshorten well, while a bad draughtsman will not.The Painter in Oil
Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst
The laws of perspective interfere and alter the apparent directions, and foreshorten the dimensions of its several parts.
Of course he could, if he had cared to do so; for if you can foreshorten a limb or a hand, much more a tree branch.Modern Painters, Volume V (of 5)
- 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
- to make shorter or more condensed; reduce or abridge
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Word Origin and History for foreshorten
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