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System of machine shorthand in which letters or groups of letters phonetically represent syllables, words, phrases, and punctuation marks. The machine, usually the commercial Stenotype or Stenograph, is often used in court reporting. Virtually noiseless, it can be operated at more than 250 words per minute. Several keys may be struck simultaneously to print a complete word with one stroke.
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