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 for foreshorten
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Foreshorten \Fore*short"en\, v. t.
     1. (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.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Fig.: To represent pictorially to the imagination.
        [1913 Webster]
              Songs, and deeds, and lives that lie
              Foreshortened in the tract of time.   --Tennyson.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The
           manuscript must be shortened" [syn: abridge,
           foreshorten, abbreviate, shorten, cut, contract,
           reduce] [ant: dilate, elaborate, enlarge, expand,
           expatiate, exposit, expound, flesh out,
      2: shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  42 Moby Thesaurus words for "foreshorten":
     abbreviate, abridge, abstract, bob, boil down, capsulize, clip,
     compress, condense, contract, crop, curtail, cut, cut back,
     cut down, cut off short, cut short, dock, elide, epitomize, mow,
     nip, poll, pollard, prune, reap, recap, recapitulate, reduce,
     retrench, shave, shear, shorten, snub, stunt, sum up, summarize,
     synopsize, take in, telescope, trim, truncate

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