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shorthand

[shawrt-hand] /ˈʃɔrtˌhænd/
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
1630-1640
1630-40; short + hand
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British Dictionary definitions for short-hand

shorthand

/ˈʃɔːtˌhænd/
noun
1.
  1. a system of rapid handwriting employing simple strokes and other symbols to represent words or phrases
  2. (as modifier): a shorthand typist
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Word Origin and History for short-hand

shorthand

n.

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

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