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  1. the art of writing in shorthand.
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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
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Historical Examples

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

    Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete

    Albert Bigelow Paine

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


    Robert W. Chambers

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

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    Bayard Taylor

  • From these meetings all stenographic reporters were excluded.

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

British Dictionary definitions for stenographic


  1. the act or process of writing in shorthand by hand or machine
  2. matter written in shorthand
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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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