[ verb ] reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
"The manuscript must be shortened"
Used in print(Paul Ramsey, War and the Christian Conscience. Durham,...)
Finally , just_as no different issues are posed for thoughtful analysis by the foreshortening of time that may yet pass before the end of human life on this earth , but only stimulation and alarm to the imagination , the same thing must be said in connection with the question of_what we may perhaps already be doing , by human_action , to accelerate this end .
[ verb ] shorten lines in a drawing so as to create an illusion of depth