foreshorten

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v foreshorten reduce in scope while retaining essential elements "The manuscript must be shortened"
    • v foreshorten shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Foreshorten Fig.: To represent pictorially to the imagination. "Songs, and deeds, and lives that lie Foreshortened in the tract of time."
    • Foreshorten (Fine Art) To represent on a plane surface, as if extended in a direction toward the spectator or nearly so; to shorten by drawing in perspective.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • foreshorten In perspective, to represent (a figure) in such a manner as to convey to the mind the impression of the entire length of the object, though only a part of this length is actually shown, as when the object is viewed in an oblique direction; represent (any object, as an arm, a weapon, the branch of a tree) as pointing more or less directly toward the spectator standing in front of the picture, or as in a plane more or less nearly parallel to the spectator's line of sight. The projecting object is shortened in proportion to its approach to the perpendicular to the plane of the picture, and in consequence appears of a just length. Often used figuratively.
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Usage

In literature:

He is also supposed to have been the first who used a variety of colors, and to have introduced foreshortening.
"Museum of Antiquity" by L. W. Yaggy
The neck of the femur may appear to be fractured if a foreshortened view is taken.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
She sees the top of a hat first, and the person necessarily foreshortened.
"The Limit" by Ada Leverson
Approach to the edge of the disk also causes a foreshortening which sometimes entirely alters the aspect of a marking.
"Pleasures of the telescope" by Garrett Serviss
The little foot is admirably foreshortened, and the wrinkled sole a bit of inimitable painting.
"Holbein" by Beatrice Fortescue
Most of the windows had either six-or nine-paned upper and lower sashes with third-story windows foreshortened in various ways.
"The Colonial Architecture of Philadelphia" by Frank Cousins
We saw her foreshortened; then end on; then foreshortened again as her other side swung into view.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
De Boer's projector was levelled: the huge, foreshortened muzzle of it blotted out half our image.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
The Baptist is twisting round, to display the foreshortening which Pordenone particularly affects.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
In such terms, then, let me speak of it as, foreshortened by time, it now presents itself to my memory.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
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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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