short hand

shorthand

[shawrt-hand]
noun
1.
a method of rapid handwriting using simple strokes, abbreviations, or symbols that designate letters, words, or phrases (distinguished from longhand ).
2.
a simplified or makeshift manner or system of communication: We spoke in a kind of pidgin shorthand to overcome the language barrier.
adjective
3.
using or able to use shorthand.
4.
written in shorthand.
5.
of or pertaining to shorthand.

Origin:
1630–40; short + hand

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shorthand (ˈʃɔːtˌhænd)
 
n
a.  a system of rapid handwriting employing simple strokes and other symbols to represent words or phrases
 b.  (as modifier): a shorthand typist

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shorthand
method of rapid writing, 1636, from short (adj.) + hand as in handwriting. Short-handed "having too few 'hands' " is from 1794; the ice hockey sense is recorded from 1939.
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