Definition of foreshorten in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Portray or show (an object or view) as closer than it 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’
    • ‘The forming of the flag end foreshortens a flag support to locate a flag in substantial superposition to the lead stub.’
    • ‘Knowledge of the rudiments of perspective gives one a better conception of the proper manner to foreshorten an object, animate or otherwise, than any amount of special instruction on the subject.’
    • ‘The body is pointed away from the viewer, so that the soles of the feet are closest to the picture plane and the torso and head are foreshortened.’
    • ‘The term is used to describe painted ceilings where the figures or objects are foreshortened in such a way as to give the spectator the illusion of real figures floating above.’
    • ‘Oversize posters foreshorten and ameliorate the overpowering, tunnel-like perspective.’
    • ‘The road leading down to the port has been considerably foreshortened by the map-maker.’
    • ‘Her left forearm and hand, which rest weightlessly on her lap, are gracefully foreshortened.’
    • ‘The value will paint this part in the front of a perspective view, in the back and will foreshorten it.’
    • ‘Because we are looking down from such a high viewpoint, the figures are foreshortened.’
    • ‘She is mostly foreshortened, as though to emphasize the disparity between the experience of a child and the outsized world of grown-ups.’
    • ‘The scene of the Titianesque Veronese's Resurrection is confused by the artist's virtuoso tricks of perspective, foreshortening and flying draperies.’
    • ‘In Rhino 4 we have added the ability to foreshorten any view, along with the ability to add your own display styles.’
    • ‘Although a sphere cannot be foreshortened, objects that are on a sphere are foreshortened as the sphere turns.’
    • ‘Beyond this, Aertsen skillfully foreshortened objects never before honored with such attention: sausages, fish, a skinned ox head, a recumbent haunch.’
    • ‘My use of a telephoto lens foreshortens the space between the buildings, enhancing the abstract effect by ‘flattening’ the bricks against the glass.’
    • ‘The seated figures are compact in scale, their chairs and lectern angled and their attributes foreshortened.’
    • ‘The coolest bit is the way that the camera foreshortens as you change what you're doing.’
    • ‘The perspective of horses and men then appears to be foreshortened so that they recede into depth.’
    • ‘The ovals sort of ‘slice’ the limb cylinders at key points so I can get an idea if I'm placing the arm high enough and foreshortening it properly.’
    • ‘The figure is artfully foreshortened, engaging in a sweeping contrapposto to provide a virtuoso ‘frame’ for the sudarium, the origin of all cult images, made without human hands from the face of Christ.’
    1. 1.1 Prematurely or dramatically shorten or reduce (something) in time or scale.
      ‘foreshortened reports’
      • ‘His hopes and ambitions are radically foreshortened.’
      • ‘Within a few months, the venue had attracted a sizeable regular audience and an intimidating gladiatorial atmosphere - lesser acts were foreshortened by the beating of a gong, some barely managing to introduce themselves.’
      • ‘Three months later, the new Viceory, Lord Mountbatten, decided to dramatically foreshorten the date of departure, bringing it forward to August 1947.’
      • ‘Many people lose elasticity and flexibility because habitual tension foreshortens the muscles, ligaments and tendons.’
      • ‘A letting void period should run from the present time as nothing in the previous twelve months letting period will serve to foreshorten the future period needed to let.’
      • ‘Just as we become conscious that the Earth took more than four billion years to bring forth this abundance of life, it is dawning on us how quickly we are foreshortening its future.’
      • ‘It may be we will not be able to do that, and at this stage we should not foreshorten the day more than necessary.’
      • ‘This brilliant and learned student of structures and communities treats scientific ideas as the creations of disembodied intellects, and he foreshortens the development of such ancient subjects as geology and biology.’
      • ‘Speaking quite personally, I'm constantly haunted by our incapacity to achieve ultimate meaning and I hate systems that, as it were, foreshorten the debate by saying ‘Either we have absolute truth or there is no truth to have’.’
      • ‘On the other hand, if they have nothing to hide, then why should they not foreshorten the process, obviate the need for a formal investigation by, at a very early stage, offering a very full explanation for what took place.’
      • ‘Kennedy's standing in American political history far supersedes the actual achievements of his tragically foreshortened administration.’
      • ‘In any event, the respondent has not sought to foreshorten the period of six months which, in the letter of 24 November 1997, it represented to the appellant that he should have in which to make arrangements for other accommodation.’
      • ‘The difference here is she is saying I want to have control over when pain relief medication which will foreshorten my life is given to me.’
      • ‘Eighty percent of all the bombs in World War II fell in the last ten months of the war during which the British, for instance, decided to bomb residential areas with the argument that this would foreshorten the war.’
      • ‘If I'd known this it would have explained how some of our more intimate conversations were foreshortened, by him.’
      • ‘The cabinet met last week to agree in principle to the proposals and to deferring the academy's opening by a year to September 2005 to avoid foreshortening the timetables for further feasibility work.’
      • ‘During early childhood, boys' identities as babies overshadowed their identities as boys, although class and race could foreshorten this moratorium from masculinity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Yes, even so, Sherman's strategy was to disable the economy of the South to foreshorten the resistance and the war and as I understand it - his targets were primarily property and infrastructure.’
      • ‘It was foreshortened, it was only five days and three days in some of them.’
      lessen, make less, make smaller, lower, bring down, decrease, turn down, diminish, take the edge off, minimize
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