Meaning of foreshorten

fore•short•en

Pronunciation: (fôr-shôr'tn, fōr-), [key]
— v.t.
  1. 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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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