foreshorten

When an artist foreshortens, she makes an object appear closer or a distance shorter than it is, to create a sense of depth in a painting or drawing.

To foreshorten is to create a kind of optical illusion simply by making lines shorter or angling the perspective in a certain way. It's a technique used in art and design, but it's also a phenomenon you may observe in the world: "The angle from which she's looking foreshortens the mountain, making it look closer." This word dates from about 1600.

Primary Meanings of foreshorten

1.
v
shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth
2.
v
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
Full Definitions of foreshorten
1

v shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth

Type of:
shorten
make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration
2

v reduce in scope while retaining essential elements

Synonyms:
abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, reduce, shorten
cut, edit, edit out
cut and assemble the components of
Antonyms:
dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand, expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out, lucubrate
add details, as to an account or idea; clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
Types:
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bowdlerise, bowdlerize, castrate, expurgate, shorten
edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate
concentrate, condense, digest
make more concise
capsule, capsulise, capsulize, encapsulate
put in a short or concise form; reduce in volume
telescope
make smaller or shorter
Type of:
decrease, lessen, minify
make smaller

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