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

    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

    abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, reduce, shorten

    cut, edit, edit out

    cut and assemble the components of
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    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


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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

    make smaller or shorter

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    decrease, lessen, minify

    make smaller
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