ste·​nog·​ra·​phy | \ stə-ˈnä-grə-fē How to pronounce stenography (audio) \

Definition of stenography

1 : the art or process of writing in shorthand
2 : shorthand especially written from dictation or oral discourse
3 : the making of shorthand notes and subsequent transcription of them

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Other Words from stenography

stenographic \ ˌste-​nə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce stenographic (audio) \ adjective
stenographically \ ˌste-​nə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce stenographically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of stenography in a Sentence

Secretaries must be able to do stenography.
Recent Examples on the Web Indeed, in general, stenography, lazy both-sidesism, and access journalism cheaper to produce than tougher stuff. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Journalists should stop repeating Trump’s lies," 31 Oct. 2018 Especially these days, when just pure aggregation of stories, or just stenography of a story, is not necessarily is gonna win new audiences, but having sort of nuanced understanding or an opinion on something. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Outside Magazine Executive Editor Axie Navas on Recode Media," 18 Apr. 2018 This, of course, is stenography, not journalism—and an utter abdication of journalism’s watchdog role. Dan Gillmor, Slate Magazine, "Don’t Broadcast Sean Spicer’s Press Conferences Live," 22 Jan. 2017 Everything about it, the dramaturgy, the stenography, the facial expressions, all of it. Isaac Chotiner, Slate Magazine, "How Autocratic Is He?," 15 June 2017 Inspired by anatomical studies of the human ear and fascinated with the art of stenography, Scott had stumbled across a radical new idea: Instead of a human writing down words, a machine could write sound waves. Steven Johnson, WIRED, "Why Inventors Misjudge How We’ll Abuse Their Creations," 15 Oct. 2014 The journalistic stenography of war had already begun. Lawrence Osborne, New York Times, "A Story of Chaos at the Border of Turkey and Syria," 1 Feb. 2017 No policy decisions are engraved in stone as if through holy stenography, and they’re definitely not beyond democratic consent on the basis of a 63-year-old law. WSJ, "Obama’s ‘Permanent’ Drilling Freeze," 21 Dec. 2016 Miller’s defense of stenography seems absurd in hindsight, but there is a grain of truth in it. Adam Serwer, The Atlantic, "The U.S. Media Is Completely Unprepared to Cover a Trump Presidency," 11 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of stenography

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stenography was in 1602

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English Language Learners Definition of stenography

: a method used for writing down the words that someone says very quickly by using a special type of writing (called shorthand)

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