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Origin of stenography

First recorded in 1595–1605; steno- + -graphy
Related formssten·o·graph·ic [sten-uh-graf-ik] /ˌstɛn əˈgræf ɪk/, sten·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivesten·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for stenographic


  1. the act or process of writing in shorthand by hand or machine
  2. matter written in shorthand
Derived Formsstenographic (ˌstɛnəˈɡræfɪk) or stenographical, adjectivestenographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for stenographic



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

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