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[stuh-nog-ruh-fee] /stəˈnɒg rə fi/
the art of writing in shorthand.
Origin of stenography
1595-1605; steno- + -graphy
Related forms
[sten-uh-graf-ik] /ˌstɛn əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
stenographical, adjective
stenographically, adverb Unabridged
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  • Others are taught nursing, bookkeeping, stenography, dentistry.

    The Living Present Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • What she ought to do is to take a course in stenography and shorthand.

    Odd Numbers Sewell Ford
  • They had gone to the same commercial school, and were trained particularly in stenography and typing.

    Philip Dru: Administrator Edward Mandell House
  • If you want me to, I'll go at stenography and typewriting at once.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
  • I do want to learn how to do something to support myself, and stenography is so—abominably dull.

  • But I don't know a blooming thing about stenography or typewriting.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • The remarks made on the occasion were as follows, verbatim et literatem, for I recorded them in stenography at the time.

  • One of the modes of escape which he attempted was stenography.

    Famous Authors (Men) E. F. (Edward Francis) Harkins
  • And to all of them she—who was going to be rich and powerful, directly she was good for one hundred words a minute at stenography!

    The Job Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for stenography


the act or process of writing in shorthand by hand or machine
matter written in shorthand
Derived Forms
stenographic (ˌstɛnəˈɡræfɪk), stenographical, adjective
stenographically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stenography

"shorthand," c.1600, from Greek stenos "narrow" (of unknown origin) + -graphy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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