steno·​type ˈste-nə-ˌtīp How to pronounce stenotype (audio)
: a small machine somewhat like a typewriter used to record speech by means of phonograms
stenotype transitive verb
stenotypist noun
stenotypy noun

Examples of stenotype in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Modern stenotype machines contain microprocessors and LCD screens where the shorthand abbreviations appear in English almost simultaneously as they are typed into the machine. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, 27 Feb. 2023 The field, which many like to date back to ancient scribes, requires training in typing as many as 225 words a minute on a stenotype machine, a chorded keyboard used to transcribe spoken word into shorthand. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, 4 July 2017

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Word History


steno- (as in stenography) + type

First Known Use

1913, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stenotype was in 1913

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“Stenotype.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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