What does shorthand mean?

Definitions for shorthandˈʃɔrtˌhænd

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shorthand, stenography, tachygraphy(adj)

    a method of writing rapidly

  2. shorthand(adj)

    written in abbreviated or symbolic form

    "shorthand notes"


  1. shorthand(Noun)

    A compendious and rapid method of writing by substituting symbols, for letters, words, etc.; short writing; stenography; phonography

  2. shorthand(Noun)

    any brief or shortened way of saying or doing something

    The jargon becomes a shorthand for these advanced concepts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shorthand(noun)

    a compendious and rapid method or writing by substituting characters, abbreviations, or symbols, for letters, words, etc.; short writing; stenography. See Illust. under Phonography


  1. Shorthand

    Shorthand is an abbreviated symbolic writing method that increases speed and 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 and graphē or graphie. It has also been called brachygraphy, from Greek brachys and tachygraphy, from Greek tachys, depending on whether compression or speed of writing is the goal. Many forms of shorthand exist. A typical shorthand system provides symbols or abbreviations for words and common phrases, which can allow someone well trained in the system to write as quickly as people speak. Abbreviation methods are alphabet-based and use different abbreviating approaches. Several autocomplete programs, standalone or integrated in text editors, based on word lists, also include a shorthand function for often used phrases. Shorthand was used more widely in the past, before the invention of recording and dictation machines. Shorthand was considered an essential part of secretarial training as well as being useful for journalists. Although the primary use of shorthand has been to record oral dictation or discourse, some systems are used for compact expression. For example, health-care professionals may use shorthand notes in medical charts and correspondence. Shorthand notes are typically temporary, intended either for immediate use or for later transcription to longhand, although longer term uses do exist, diaries being a common example.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shorthand in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shorthand in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Leo Tolstoy:

    Music is the shorthand of emotion.

  2. John Dowd:

    The mistake was I should have put the lying to the FBI in a separate line referencing his plea, instead, I put it together and it made all you guys go crazy. A tweet is shorthand.

  3. Charles Scribner, Jr.:

    Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language.

  4. Claudia Alta Taylor Johnson:

    This is something that I cherish. Once in a friend's home I came across this blessing, and took it down in shorthand ... it says something I like to live with Oh Thou, who dwellest in so many homes, possess Thyself of this. Bless the life that is sheltered here. Grant that trust and peace and comfort abide within, and that love and life and usefulness may go out from this home forever.

  5. Charles Baudelaire:

    If photography is allowed to stand in for art in some of its functions it will soon supplant or corrupt it completely thanks to the natural support it will find in the stupidity of the multitude. It must return to its real task, which is to be the servant of the sciences and the arts, but the very humble servant, like printing and shorthand which have neither created nor supplanted literature.

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