from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To shorten the lines of (an object) in a drawing or other representation so as to produce an illusion of projection or extension in space.
- transitive v. To reduce the length of; curtail or abridge.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To render the image of an object such that it appears to be receding in space as it is perceived visually.
- v. to abridge, reduce, contract
- v. to make shorter
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To represent on a plane surface, as if extended in a direction toward the spectator or nearly so; to shorten by drawing in perspective.
- transitive v. Fig.: To represent pictorially to the imagination.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth
- v. reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
From fore- + shorten (Wiktionary)
Alteration of for- + shorten ("to shorten up"). (Wiktionary)