Definition of foreshorten in English:


Line breaks: fore|short¦en
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.

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