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

Examples of stenography in a Sentence

Secretaries must be able to do stenography.
Recent Examples on the Web No network or media outlet is under any obligation to serve as the White House stenography office. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "A month later, no self-respecting media should be covering Trump's absurd election claims," 4 Dec. 2020 The finishing touches were applied after the world had shut down, making the album feel less like a warning about a dark but still avoidable future and more like musical stenography documenting our current predicament. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "Rita Indiana’s Songs for the Apocalypse," 19 Oct. 2020 My father finished high school; my mother learned stenography at a vocational school and got her first job at sixteen. Laurent Dubreuil, Harper's Magazine, "Nonconforming," 18 Aug. 2020 Frost's stenography work introduced her to two employers that would have a large impact on her future: architect Bradford Lee Gilbert and the U.S. District Court. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Suffragist With a Passion for Saving Charleston’s Historic Architecture," 23 Mar. 2020 The first pitfall to avoid is stenography: uncritically relaying what the president said without giving readers the relevant context. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Should Political Reporters Be Quarantined From Covering Covid-19?," 10 Mar. 2020 Details like this keep the entire movie from coming off as simple stenography—a trap that many biopics fall into and that’s sometimes a problem for Just Mercy. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Strength of Just Mercy Is Also Its Weakness," 10 Jan. 2020 Given that so much of Eastwood’s approach to biopics amounts to careful stenography, this material comes off as nonsensical and upsets the film’s tonal balance. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Richard Jewell Offers a Murky Picture of Heroism," 10 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of stenography

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stenography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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