shorthand

shorthand
shorthand short‧hand [ˈʆɔːthænd ǁ ˈʆɔːrt-] noun
1. [uncountable] a fast method of writing using special signs or shorter forms to represent letters, words, and phrases:

• Mary was taking shorthand (= making notes in shorthand ) .

2. [singular, uncountable] a shorter but less clear way of saying something:

• Scientific jargon uses a shorthand of technical words and phrases.

shorthand for

• The term `one-parent family' is misleading shorthand for a variety of situations.

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shorthand UK US /ˈʃɔːthænd/ noun [U]
(also stenography) WORKPLACE, MEETINGS a system of writing that uses lines and symbols to represent words and is used to record what someone says as they are speaking: do/know shorthand »

I couldn't do shorthand so they said they couldn't hire me as a secretary.

in shorthand »

Today's secretaries are just as likely to tell their boss how to use a laptop as to take a letter in shorthand.

be shorthand for sth — Cf. be shorthand for sth

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Shorthand — is an abbreviated and/or symbolic writing method that increases speed or brevity of writing as compared to a normal method of writing a language. The process of writing in shorthand is called stenography, from the Greek stenos (narrow) and graphē …   Wikipedia

  • shorthand — [shôrt′hand΄] n. any system of speed writing using quickly made symbols to represent letters, words, and phrases adj. using or written in shorthand …   English World dictionary

  • Shorthand — Short hand , n. A compendious and rapid method or writing by substituting characters, abbreviations, or symbols, for letters, words, etc.; short writing; stenography. See Illust. under {Phonography}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shorthand — (engl., spr. schórt händ, »Kurzhand«) hat im englischen Sprachgebiete die Bedeutung von Kurzschrift, Stenographie (s. d.). Auf dieser Bezeichnung beruht die Symbolisierung der Stenographie durch eine kurzfingerige Hand oder durch das kurzhändige… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Shorthand — (engl., spr. schohrtännd), Kurzschrift, Stenographie …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • shorthand — method of rapid writing, 1636, from SHORT (Cf. short) (adj.) + HAND (Cf. hand) as in handwriting. Short handed having too few hands is from 1794; the ice hockey sense is recorded from 1939 …   Etymology dictionary

  • shorthand — ► NOUN 1) a method of rapid writing by means of abbreviations and symbols, used for taking dictation. 2) a short and simple way of expressing or referring to something …   English terms dictionary

  • shorthand — /shawrt hand /, n. 1. a method of rapid handwriting using simple strokes, abbreviations, or symbols that designate letters, words, or phrases (distinguished from longhand). 2. a simplified or makeshift manner or system of communication: We spoke… …   Universalium

  • shorthand — noun 1 system of writing VERB + SHORTHAND ▪ learn ▪ do (BrE), take ▪ Her secretary was taking shorthand. ▪ take sth down in, write sth down in …   Collocations dictionary

  • shorthand — short|hand [ ʃɔrt,hænd ] noun uncount 1. ) a quick way of writing that uses symbols to represent letters, words or phrases, used especially when you write what someone is saying as they are talking: Will they teach you to take shorthand (=write… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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