foreshorten [fawr-shawr-tn, fohr-]
verb (used with object)
1. Fine Arts. to reduce or distort (parts of a represented object that are not parallel to the picture plane) in order to convey the illusion of three-dimensional space as perceived by the human eye: often done according to the rules of perspective.
2. to abridge, reduce, or contract; make shorter.
Origin: 1600-10; fore- + shorten
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