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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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Examples from the web for stenography
  • While this intellectual stenography is sometimes effective, it also often will open up a company to patent trolling tactics.
  • The ad was promoting a kind of stenography training that is now extinct, presumably.
  • Your application does not show that you have the required typing and/or stenography skills needed for this position.
  • For example, a stenographer who is given a course in stenography is engaged in an activity to make her a better stenographer.
  • The following section is used to determine your stenography ability.
  • She goes to night school, where she learns stenography.
  • Subsequent inventions of computer aided transcription quickly moved machine stenography to a higher technology based process.
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
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Word Origin and History for stenography

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

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