foreshorten


fore·short·en

verb \fr-ˈshr-tən\

: 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

Full Definition of FORESHORTEN

transitive verb
1
:  to shorten by proportionately contracting in the direction of depth so that an illusion of projection or extension in space is obtained
2
:  to make more compact :  abridge, shorten

Examples of FORESHORTEN

  1. The parts that extend towards the viewer are foreshortened.

First Known Use of FORESHORTEN

1606

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