noun ta·chyg·ra·phy \taˈkigrəfē, təˈk-\

Definition of tachygraphy



  1. 1 :  the art or practice of rapid writing :  shorthand, stenography; especially :  the rapid writing or shorthand of the ancient Greeks and Romans

  2. 2a :  cursive writing b :  the abbreviated form of Greek and Latin used in the Middle Ages

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Origin and Etymology of tachygraphy

Greek tachygraphein to write shorthand (from tachygraphos tachygrapher) + English -y — more at tachygraph

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