- 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 foreshortening
But the circularity was evidently the effect of foreshortening.The Book of the Damned
And, for all that, the difficulty even of foreshortening is boldly faced.
Admire the foreshortening—the harmony—the repose—the expression, and all that.Lady Eureka, v. 2 (of 3)
Robert Folkestone Williams
Artists admire greatly the foreshortening of the inclined posture.Louis Spohr's Autobiography
By looking at them thus from below he gained an idea of foreshortening.Pictures Every Child Should Know
- 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 foreshortening
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