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
Recent Examples of shorthand from the Web
Among the Willow Aces, who know their territory intimately enough to speak of landmarks with shorthand names such as the Flatiron, the Icebox and the Broken-Ass Pine, this is a common refrain.
Maze became a combustible training ground for some of the IRA’s most famous soldiers and—after Bobby Sands and nine others were permitted to die while waging a hunger strike within its walls—a lightning rod and ready shorthand for British brutality.
When one talks of moving up the ranks, Wilcox’s name could be shorthand.
But here goes: Many players have their reductive one-sentence shorthand.
Even relatives who’d known us since birth struggled to distinguish who was whom and chastised us both when one of us cut her hair and ruined their shorthand for telling us apart.
While the 68-year-old represents a constituency in Islington, a part of London that is shorthand for the country's liberal urban elite, Corbyn was born in the village of Chippenham.
Magnusson is in charge of interior colors, materials and finishes, or in designer shorthand, CMF.
President Trump is known for his unique manner of speaking, and, more famous, perhaps, for his unique Twitter shorthand.
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First Known Use of shorthand
SHORTHAND Defined for English Language Learners
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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