Foreshortening

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Foreshortening (Fine Arts) Representation in a foreshortened mode or way.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n foreshortening In perspective, the representation of figures pointing more or less directly toward the spectator standing in front of the picture, or away from a plane perpendicular to the spectator's line of sight, but shown in such a manner as to convey to the mind the impression of their just length.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Foreshortening fōr-short′n-ing a term in drawing signifying that a figure or portion of a figure projecting towards the spectator is so represented as to truly give the idea of such projection
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Usage

In literature:

Illusion is mostly foreshortening of time.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
He foreshortened with equal boldness and intelligence.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 54, No. 338, December 1843" by Various
The houses were dark in the August night and the perspective of Beacon Street, with its double chain of lamps, was a foreshortened desert.
"A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly" by Henry James
To the right of Mr. Lowe I see a figure which, foreshortened from my point of view, is chiefly distinguishable by a hat and pair of boots.
"Faces and Places" by Henry William Lucy
Its foreshortening, its relief and grace are largely due to him and his teaching.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
No word came in reply, but Gus plainly saw an object that resembled a gun barrel come from a vertical to a foreshortened position.
"Radio Boys Loyalty" by Wayne Whipple
He sought more than any other master to make his figures nude and foreshortened, which was little done before his day.
"Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects" by Giorgio Vasari
At first she could not see, and then she saw, foreshortened and clear to her, Uya, running with great strides and his eyes staring.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
Other formations nearer to the moon's limb appear still more foreshortened when viewed from the earth.
"To Mars via The Moon" by Mark Wicks
The foreshortening is admirable, and so is the fine perspective of the beautiful architecture of the Temple.
"Luca Signorelli" by Maud Cruttwell
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In news:

It's not just a foreshortening of his names, but a description of his calm demeanor, his way of doing business.
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In science:

The face-on orientation would therefore tend to foreshorten the radio emission on the sky.
An Investigation into the Geometry of Seyfert Galaxies
But meanwhile, such foreshortening may cause Seyfert 1 galaxies to fall out of the sample, since the radio emission must be linear to be included in the sample.
An Investigation into the Geometry of Seyfert Galaxies
One example of such an effect is the probability that small values of φ are likely to be ruled out of the sample, because severe foreshortening of the jet means that it is impossible to measure δ with any precision.
An Investigation into the Geometry of Seyfert Galaxies
Of course, methodologically the change of the foreshortening means the change of the search of similarity between the concrete and the abstract ob jects (the search of homomorphism of the least into the first) to the analysis of a possibility of a representation of the least by the first.
q_R-conformal symmetries in 2D nonlocal quantum field theory, categorical representation theory, and Virasoro algebra
The X-ray properties of PKS 0521−365 are consistent with it being a foreshortened, beamed, radio galaxy.
The X-ray jet and halo of PKS 0521-365
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