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[stuh-nog-ruh-fee] /stəˈnɒg rə fi/
the art of writing in shorthand.
Origin of stenography
First recorded in 1595-1605; steno- + -graphy
Related forms
[sten-uh-graf-ik] /ˌstɛn əˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
stenographical, adjective
stenographically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for stenographic
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  • During this time the pen of the delighted reporter, Mr. Squirrelius, flew over the paper with stenographic rapidity.

    The Waif of the "Cynthia" Andr Laurie and Jules Verne
  • When they returned to the office, Athalie began to transcribe her stenographic notes.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • His private papers, the stenographic reports, and all memoranda were tied up together and carried aboard.

    In Search of the Unknown Robert W. Chambers
  • From these meetings all stenographic reporters were excluded.

  • I herewith send you the stenographic report of the discourse, made by Messrs. Dawson and Tasker.

    'America for Americans!' John Philip Newman
  • The stenographic record of the interrogation was typed by Miss Wallingford.

  • We will present a stenographic report of the dialogue which then ensued, to the best of our ability.

    Les Misrables Victor Hugo
  • This is a good example of the inaccuracy of Elliott's reprint of Robertson's stenographic report.

  • He had not been there long before he found himself doing all the stenographic work and typing.

    Philip Dru: Administrator Edward Mandell House
  • Lawton, says the stenographic report, was in excellent form, and committed a good deal of unforgivable syntax.

    Plum Pudding Christopher Morley
British Dictionary definitions for stenographic


the act or process of writing in shorthand by hand or machine
matter written in shorthand
Derived Forms
stenographic (ˌstɛnəˈɡræfɪk), stenographical, adjective
stenographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for stenographic



"shorthand," c.1600, from Greek stenos "narrow" (of unknown origin) + -graphy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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