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English definition of “foreshorten”

foreshorten

verb [T]     /fɔːˈʃɔː.tən/ US  /fɔːrˈʃɔːr.t̬ən/
to reduce something or make it shorter: Smoking was certainly one of the factors that foreshortened his life.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong specialized art to draw, paint, or photograph people or objects to make them seem smaller or closer together than they really arePainting, drawing and printing foreshortened     /-tənd/ US  /-t̬ənd/ adjective Painting, drawing and printing
(Definition of foreshorten verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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