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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Example sentences
She also writes all impersonal notes, takes longer letters in shorthand, and
  writes others herself after being told their purport.
Eighteen others were printed from shorthand notes without revision.
Those other things you mention are not shorthand for mystery or the unknowable
  and that is where your argument fails.
Imputing intention is merely efficient shorthand for lengthy explanation.
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