Definition of foreshorten in English:

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Pronunciation: /fɔːˈʃɔːt(ə)n/


[with object]
1Portray or show (an object or view) as closer than it really is or as having less depth or distance, as an effect of perspective or the angle of vision: seen from the road, the mountain is greatly foreshortened
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  • The scene of the Titianesque Veronese's Resurrection is confused by the artist's virtuoso tricks of perspective, foreshortening and flying draperies.
  • The perspective of horses and men then appears to be foreshortened so that they recede into depth.
  • She is mostly foreshortened, as though to emphasize the disparity between the experience of a child and the outsized world of grown-ups.
1.1 (often as adjective foreshortened) Prematurely or dramatically shorten or reduce (something) in time or scale: Leicestershire won by 133 runs in a foreshortened contest
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  • Three months later, the new Viceory, Lord Mountbatten, decided to dramatically foreshorten the date of departure, bringing it forward to August 1947.
  • Yet foreshortened memory can be made to serve an ideological turn, as has happened with the restoration of a small area of the city - a much-needed restoration, for inhabited ruins will not long attract mass tourism.
  • If I'd known this it would have explained how some of our more intimate conversations were foreshortened, by him.

Words that rhyme with foreshorten

boughten, chorten, Laughton, Morton, Naughton, Orton, quartan, quartern, shorten, tauten, torten, Wharton

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