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.
shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth
reduce in scope while retaining essential elementssynonyms:
abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, reduce, shortensee moreAntonyms:
- dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrateadd 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, shortenedit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
- concentrate, condense, digestmake more concise
- capsule, capsulise, capsulize, encapsulateput in a short or concise form; reduce in volume
- telescopemake smaller or shorter
- dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate