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shorthand

[shawrt-hand] /ˈʃɔrtˌhænd/
noun
1.
a method of rapid handwriting using simple strokes, abbreviations, or symbols that designate letters, words, or phrases (distinguished from longhand).
2.
a simplified or makeshift manner or system of communication:
We spoke in a kind of pidgin shorthand to overcome the language barrier.
adjective
3.
using or able to use shorthand.
4.
written in shorthand.
5.
of or relating to shorthand.
Origin of shorthand
1630-1640
First recorded in 1630-40; short + hand
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  • Mrs. Fortescue says, 'that he is a complete master of short-hand writing.'

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • She was taking lessons in short-hand and type-writing in the afternoons.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • Lady Agatha dictated it, and Mary took it down in short-hand.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • In the short-hand of the police-courts, you had better call it suicide.

  • I must have a stenographer of course, a short-hand typist, if I do begin this thing.

    Man and Maid Elinor Glyn
  • Mr. Walter sat at a table near, prepared to take notes in short-hand.

    Ruth Hall Fanny Fern
  • Horaces vestry-man friend was what is known as a short-hand reporter.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • Where was Gurney, the short-hand writer; where was Sherer, and what had become of Morton?

  • I write my thoughts in short-hand, and copy at leisure for the press.

    Ladies on Horseback Nannie Lambert
British Dictionary definitions for short-hand

shorthand

/ˈʃɔːtˌhænd/
noun
1.
  1. a system of rapid handwriting employing simple strokes and other symbols to represent words or phrases
  2. (as modifier): a shorthand typist
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Word Origin and History for short-hand

shorthand

n.

method of rapid writing, 1636, from short (adj.) in the "rapid" sense + hand (n.) "handwriting." Short-handed "having too few 'hands' " is from 1794; the ice hockey sense is recorded from 1939.

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