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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 stenography
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  • If you want me to, I'll go at stenography and typewriting at once.

    From Farm to Fortune Horatio Alger Jr.
  • But I don't know a blooming thing about stenography or typewriting.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • Athalie coloured and laughed: "Thank you, but I had rather work at stenography."

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • What she ought to do is to take a course in stenography and shorthand.

    Odd Numbers

    Sewell Ford
  • Had he been proficient in stenography, he could have done it in seven minutes.

  • One of the modes of escape which he attempted was stenography.

    Famous Authors (Men)

    E. F. (Edward Francis) Harkins
  • He had published a remarkably concise system of stenography.

    Norfolk Annals Charles Mackie
  • It would take her hardly any time to conquer the mysteries of stenography.

    The Cup of Fury Rupert Hughes
  • She goes into journalism, stenography or the office of a magazine.

    The Salamander Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for stenography


the act or process of writing in shorthand by hand or machine
matter written in shorthand
Derived Forms
stenographic (ˌstɛnəˈɡræfɪk), stenographical, adjective
stenographically, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stenography

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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