[fawr-shawr-tn, fohr-]
verb (used with object)
Fine Arts. to reduce or distort (parts of a represented object that are not parallel to the picture plane) in order to convey the illusion of three-dimensional space as perceived by the human eye: often done according to the rules of perspective.
to abridge, reduce, or contract; make shorter.

1600–10; fore- + shorten

unforeshortened, adjective Unabridged
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foreshorten (fɔːˈʃɔːtən)
1.  to represent (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
2.  to make shorter or more condensed; reduce or abridge

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from fore + shorten. Related: Foreshortened; foreshortening.
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Example sentences
Rather than expand our sense of possibilities, they foreshorten them.
They simplify proof or foreshorten procedural requirements.
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