foreshorten meaning

foreshorten meaning  When an artist foreshortens, she makes an object appear closer or a distance shorter than it is, to create a sense of depth in a painting or drawing.

To foreshorten is to create a kind of optical illusion simply by making lines shorter or angling the perspective in a certain way. It’s a technique used in art and design, but it’s also a phenomenon you may observe in the world: “The angle from which she’s looking foreshortens the mountain, making it look closer.” This word dates from about 1600.

Definitions of foreshorten
  1. verb

    shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth

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    type of:

    shorten

    make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration
  2. verb

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    synonyms:
    abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, reduce, shorten

    cut, edit, edit out

    cut and assemble the components of
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    Antonyms:

    dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate

    add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing

    types:

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    bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, expurgate, shorten

    edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
    concentrate, condense, digest

    make more concise
    capsule, capsulise, capsulize, encapsulate

    put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume
    telescope

    make smaller or shorter

    type of:

    decrease, lessen, minify

    make smaller
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