[fawr-shawr-tn, fohr-] /fɔrˈʃɔr tn, foʊr-/

verb (used with object)
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.
to abridge, reduce, or contract; make shorter.
verb (transitive)
to represent (a line, form, object, etc) as shorter than actual length in order to give an illusion of recession or projection, in accordance with the laws of linear perspective
to make shorter or more condensed; reduce or abridge

c.1600, from fore- + shorten. Related: Foreshortened; foreshortening.


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