1. the representation of a line, form, object, etc as shorter than actual length in order to give an illusion of recession or projection, in accordance with the laws of linear perspective
⇒ Foreshortening suggested that it had been taken with a zoom lens., ⇒ it has different viewpoints, funny foreshortening, but it is still a marvellous painting
2. the shortening or condensing of something
⇒ Great events dealt with in a couple of lines is a natural development of the foreshortening
of the theatre production.
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