Simple Definition of foreshorten
: to cause (something) to appear shorter than it really is because it is in the foreground of a drawing, painting, etc.
: to make (something) shorter
Examples of foreshorten in a sentence
The parts that extend towards the viewer are foreshortened.
Did You Know?
Foreshorten first appeared in a 1606 treatise on art by the British writer and artist Henry Peacham: "If I should paint ... an horse with his brest and head looking full in my face, I must of necessity foreshorten him behinde." Peacham's "foreshorten" probably comes from "fore-" (meaning "earlier" or "beforehand") plus "shorten." The addition of "fore-" to verbs was a routine practice in Peacham's day, creating such words as "fore-conclude," "fore-consider," "fore-instruct," and "fore-repent." "Foreshorten," along with words like "foresee" and "foretell," is one of the few "fore-" combinations to still survive.
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