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Definition of the verb foreshorten

What does foreshorten mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: foreshortened | foreshortening | foreshortens

  1. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
  2. shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: shorten = make shorter than originally intended

Alternative definition of the verb foreshorten


  1. To render the image of an object such that it appears to be receding in space as it is perceived visually.
  2. to abridge, reduce, contract
  3. to make shorter

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for foreshorten

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Google previewKinglake's Eothen (1910)

by Alexander William Kinglake

mis-foreshortened. Incorrectly foreshortened. To foreshorten is a term used in drawing, for representing the shortened effect given by an object that lies obliquely to the line of sight. PAGE 161.

Google previewThe dictionary appendix and orthographer (1853)

by C. Vines

Foresee, foresaw, foreseeing Foreshorten, foreshortened, foreshortening Foresignify, foresignified, ...

Google previewTwentieth Century Dictionary (1914)

Containing Every Useful Word in the English Language, with Its Correct Spelling, Accurate Pronunciation and Exact Meaning According to Webster and Worcester. To which is Added An Encyclopaedia of Valuable Information, Also a Complete Supplement of New Words by Charles C. Parker

FORESHORTEN. 128 FOSTER-CHILD. FOLLY. Polly (fol'le) , n. absurd action ; Imprudent act. foment ( fo'ment), ...

Google previewRudimentary Dictionary of Terms Used in Architecture Civil, Architecture Naval ... (1860)

Foreshorten, in painting, is when a head or face in a draught is made to appear shorter before. Form : 1. General form : figure,shape, configuration, make, formation, Forum and Basilica. frame, construction, conformation, efl'ormation, mould, ...

Google previewAn American Dictionary of the English Language: Intended to Exhibit, I. The Origin, Affinities and Primary Signification of English Words, as Far as They Have Been Ascertained. II. The Genuine Orthography and Pronunication of Words, According to General Usage, Or to Just Principles of Analogy. III. Accurate and Discriminating Definitions, with Numerous Authorities and Illustrations. To which are Prefixed an Introductory Dissertation on the Origin, History and Connection of the Languages of Western Asia and of Europe, and a Concise Grammar of the English Language (1828)

by Noah Webster

anterior part; as the forepart of any mo-| FORESHORTEN, ...

Google previewDictionary of the Dano-Norwegian and English languages (1897)

by Anton Larsen

foreshorten; - liben beguile lime -elfe, -ning c er shortening, etc., abridgment, abbreviation: foreshortening, -ninggtegn sign of abbreviation.

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Foreshorten Meaning

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The value of this 11-letter word is 17 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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