• WordNet 3.6
    • adj shorthand written in abbreviated or symbolic form "shorthand notes"
    • n shorthand a method of writing rapidly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The man who invented shorthand, John Gregg, was deaf.
    • n Shorthand A compendious and rapid method or writing by substituting characters, abbreviations, or symbols, for letters, words, etc.; short writing; stenography. See Illust. under Phonography.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shorthand A system of writing briefer than that in general use (which is distinctively called longhand); a method of writing in which abbreviations or arbitrary simple characters or symbols are more or less systematically employed, in order to write words with greater rapidity than in the ordinary method of writing; brachygraphy; stenography; tachygraphy. The varieties of shorthand now in use are nearly all based on the phonetic principle. The system introduced by Isaac Pitman in 1837, and known as phonography (which see) from 1840, has, in its various modifications by its originator and others, a very wide currency wherever the English language is spoken. After the issue of the ninth edition of his work, in 1853, Pitman introduced extensive changes (especially in the vowel-system). The following is a comparative view of Pitman's later and earlier systems and that of a modification of them by J. E. Munson of New York (1886):
    • n shorthand For further comparison, the sentence “my tongue is the pen of a ready writer,” as written in these three systems, is here given:
    • n shorthand [The following passage is an early allusion to the use of the word in this sense:
    • shorthand Of writing, contracted; stenographic; written in shorthand: as, shorthand notes.
    • shorthand Of persons, using shorthand; stenographic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Shorthand an art by which writing is made shorter and easier, so as to keep pace with speaking
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  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “Music is the shorthand of emotion.”
  • Eric Mackay
    Eric Mackay
    “Lightning is the shorthand of a storm, and tells of chaos.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sceort; Old High Ger. scurz; the Dut. and Sw. kort, Ger. kurz, are borrowed from L. curtus.


In literature:

He had learnt unaided two systems of shorthand: one English and one French.
"The Silver Lining" by John Roussel
The orator, by the help of the shorthand writer, has to a great extent superseded the pamphleteer.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
It was at Tuskegee that I first saw a typewriter and shorthand writing.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
The shorthand writers looked up indifferently, not expecting to hear anything worth recording.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
I suppose he can write shorthand.
"The Big Bow Mystery" by I. Zangwill
For his system of shorthand, cf.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
We don't go through his pockets; we just pick up whatever falls out and take shorthand copies.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
A lad who knows shorthand, and can write and spell as well as I can, can earn his ten shillings a week easy.
"Good Luck" by L. T. Meade
And we're shorthanded; not half enough men here.
"Priestess of the Flame" by Sewell Peaslee Wright
I seated myself at a desk close beside it and took down in shorthand every word which reached my ears.
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
On a piece of paper he wrote swiftly, using a mode of shorthand known only to the Secret Agents.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Ollie was practising shorthand, and kissed Prue with sorrowing patience.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Some girls also learn shorthand and typing so that they can work in offices.
"Getting to know Spain" by Dee Day
By the way, how's your shorthand progressing?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
THE BIBLE in Shorthand, according to the method of Mr. James Weston, whose Shorthand Prayer Book was published in the Year 1730.
"Notes and Queries, Number 215, December 10, 1853" by Various
THE BIBLE in Shorthand, according to the method of Mr. James Weston, whose Shorthand Prayer Book was published in the Year 1730.
"Notes and Queries, Number 216, December 17, 1853" by Various
And he was aware also that his words had been taken down in shorthand.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
She took the message in shorthand.
"In the Heart of a Fool" by William Allen White
Then I got so interested in practising shorthand, that I began taking down his conversations, as much as I could get of them.
"Georgina's Service Stars" by Annie Fellows Johnston
SHORTHAND, Ancient use of, Acts I., 108, 312.
"Expositor's Bible: Index" by S. G. Ayres

In poetry:

In consequence, the whole procedure of the House was "fight."
No Ministry created in the morning saw the night.
And all the posts were sinecures the shorthand writers filled;
For the press-reports read briefly: "Sixteen wounded; seven killed."
"In The First Elective Ministry" by C J Dennis

In news:

CVU's shorthanded LAX men seek to shake off loss.
'Oil-rich' Abyei: Time to update the shorthand for Sudan's flashpoint border town.
In their zeal to find the right actor for a part they often use shorthand to explain what they want.
But if the show holds to form, it will go for the easy stereotype shorthand.
Shorthand verbiage makes life easier for those who need to communicate quickly and precisely.
Chad Rau's fourth shorthanded goal of the season broke a third-period scoreless tie, and No.
The regime blames such bombings on "terrorists," its shorthand for rebel fighters.
Shorthanded Lady Bobcats eye bounce-back year.
In the shorthand of composting , this is all "brown" (or "c" for carbon) matter.
In a game where neither team could hit anything, he finally connected on enough shots to give the shorthanded Washington Wizards a rare road win.
The Penguins, severely shorthanded at forward because of injuries and suspension, have recalled four players from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Behind Jeremy Smith's 20 saves and Chris Mueller's shorthanded breakaway goal, the Milwaukee Admirals put a stop to the Grand Rapids Griffins' eight-game winning streak with a 3-2 victory on Sunday at Van Andel Arena.
Much of what's important to know about Studs Terkel could be shorthanded in that nickname.
Comic Sans is basically shorthand for stupid, in design terms.
Heat survive 105-100 against shorthanded Spurs.

In science:

In the rules we use the notation A + B as a shorthand for {A} ∪ B . sf (θ) denotes the solved form of the substitution θ.
For Theorem 8 the notation Prob. is shorthand for the probability of an event.
Random matrix theory over finite fields: a survey
Let us first introduce several shorthand notations.
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
We will work with the above shorthand notations.
Higgs Bundles and Four Manifolds
Here pσ is shorthand for pa , where a is the weight of the tableau σ , and fx is the number of standard tableaux with shape x.
A path-transformation for random walks and the Robinson-Schensted correspondence
In this section we will construct a convex function V , based on V , and use the shorthand Φ = ΦV and Φ = ΦV .
Random Surfaces
Through the remainder of our discussion, if x ∈ Z2 , we will treat x as an element of W by using x as a shorthand for x × 0.
Random Surfaces
The index i is a shorthand notation for the set of two pairs of filled (η , η ′ ∈ F ) and empty (ξ , ξ ′ ∈ T − F ) electron states, where T and F are the set of all states in the Landau level and the filled ones, respectively.
Anlaytic mean-field Hall crystal solution at nu=1/3: composite fermion like sub-bands and correlation effects
For notational simplicity, here we use the shorthand λ to denote the type of the encoder’s state sequence (recall there is a polynomial number of such types).
Capacity and Random-Coding Exponents for Channel Coding with Side Information
The task is then to extract the coefficient of αµβ ˜µ (in an obvious multivariable shorthand notation).
Counting formulas associated with some random matrix averages
Note that α ∧ β is a shorthand for ¬(¬α ∨ ¬β ).
Preferential and Preferential-discriminative Consequence relations
As shorthand for this dynamical system, we will write the triple (Y , Γ, µ).
Thin triangles and a multiplicative ergodic theorem for Teichm\"uller geometry
For (3), write k-blowup as shorthand for “an iteration of k blowups”.
Integration in valued fields
F A ; likewise AN 7−→ A is shorthand for the statement that the empirical distribution function of AN converges in probability to the distribution function F A .
The polynomial method for random matrices
A is shorthand for describing the convergence of the sense of an ∞ × ∞ matrix.
The polynomial method for random matrices