Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
tr.v. fore·short·ened, fore·short·en·ing, fore·short·ens
1. To shorten the lines of (an object) in a drawing or other representation so as to produce an illusion of projection or extension in space.
2. To reduce the length of; curtail or abridge.
1. (Art Terms) 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
2. to make shorter or more condensed; reduce or abridge
fore•short•en(fɔrˈʃɔr tn, foʊr-)
1. to reduce or distort in order to convey the illusion of three-dimensional space.
2. to abridge, reduce, or contract; make shorter.
Past participle: foreshortened
Switch to new thesaurus
|Verb||1.||foreshorten - reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened"|
bowdlerise, bowdlerize, expurgate, castrate, shorten - edit by omitting or modifying parts considered indelicate; "bowdlerize a novel"
|2.||foreshorten - shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth|
shorten - make shorter than originally intended; reduce or retrench in length or duration; "He shortened his trip due to illness"