shorthand

noun short·hand \ ˈshȯrt-ˌhand \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of shorthand

1 : a method of writing rapidly by substituting characters, abbreviations, or symbols for letters, sounds, words, or phrases : stenography
2 : something likened to shorthand especially in providing rapid or abbreviated communication or representation
  • stereotype and cliché serve a purpose as a form of shorthand
  • —Stephanie Ericsson
  • headline shorthand

shorthand

adjective

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First Known Use of shorthand

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in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SHORTHAND Defined for English Language Learners

shorthand

Definition of shorthand for English Language Learners

  • : a method of writing quickly by using symbols or abbreviations for sounds, words, or phrases

  • : a short or quick way of showing or saying something



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