foreshorten

verb fore·short·en \ fȯr-ˈshȯr-tᵊn \

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

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Examples of foreshorten in a Sentence

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

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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.

First Known Use of foreshorten

1606


FORESHORTEN Defined for English Language Learners

foreshorten

verb

Definition of foreshorten for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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