forced perspective


: the use of any of various techniques (as in photography or architecture) to create the optical illusion that objects or people are smaller, larger, closer, or farther away than they really are
Our miniature sets were built in forced perspective to represent landscapes that reach to infinity …Alex Funke
Take a close look at Sleeping Beauty's castle and you'll start to realize that something a little strange is going on. [Walt] Disney and his team used the concept of forced perspective to design the entire park to look bigger, including the castle.Adam Toren
Hobbits appearing doll size, tourists pinching a grain-of-salt-size Eiffel Tower for Instagram, and beachgoers standing atop a body of water are all made possible by something called forced perspective, a technique that uses changes in distance and vantage point to hijack the way our minds perceive size.Sara Kiley Watson
also : an instance of this
Strategic camera angles and forced perspectives were used to create the illusion that [Harold] Lloyd was hanging off a clock tower some dozen stories up. Beth Accomando
often used before another noun
forced perspective tricks/techniques
Tourists often take forced perspective photos of themselves appearing to hold up or lean on famous landmarks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa or the Eiffel Tower. Taranaki (New Zealand) Daily News

Examples of forced perspective in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For whatever reason, Anderson’s conceit is that the entire project is taking place in an old-timey movie studio, with rear projection, forced perspective and other devices employed for our amusement. Peter Debruge, Variety, 1 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of forced perspective was in 1817

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Cite this Entry

“Forced perspective.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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