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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
Historical Examples
  • We may regret that no stenographic report was made of the interview.

  • When they returned to the office, Athalie began to transcribe her stenographic notes.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • In the course of our stenographic conversation, I learned that "cax" signified two.

    Northern Travel Bayard Taylor
  • From these meetings all stenographic reporters were excluded.

  • The stenographic record of the interrogation was typed by Miss Wallingford.

  • Nor was there anything in the least businesslike, official, or stenographic about her manner.

    Queed Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • But that day at lunch Miss Winthrop handed him a stenographic report of the entire conversation.

    The Wall Street Girl Frederick Orin Bartlett
  • These clicks were the uniform, stenographic symbols of his emotions, and he could give them an infinite variety of meaning.

    Within the Tides Joseph Conrad
  • The stenographic and massage courses take the longest time; but at St. Dunstan's there is no time limit set for any course.

    Through St. Dunstan's to Light James H. Rawlinson
  • Miss Anthony never wrote her addresses and no stenographic reports were made.

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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