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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 relating to shorthand.
Origin of shorthand
1630-1640
1630-40; short + hand
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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 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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