Definition of stenography in English:


Line breaks: sten|og¦raphy
Pronunciation: /stɪˈnɒgrəfi


[mass noun] North American
  • The action or process of writing in shorthand and transcribing the shorthand on a typewriter.
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    • They sought a white-collar and clerical staff capable of using the latest office machinery, with modern office skills (such as stenography and typing), polished grammar, and some mathematical prowess.
    • Its first students studied ‘commercial skills’ such as typing and stenography.
    • When she returned home to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, she enrolled immediately in a local commercial college and a year later, after learning typing and stenography, sent out applications.



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  • She was employed by the United States government for nine years as stenographer, secretary, administrative assistant and acting personnel director in the Public Buildings Administration.
  • The women served in a variety of nursing positions, as recreation or entertainment specialists, secretaries, stenographers and clerks.
  • In 1910, 38 percent of bookkeepers, 85 percent of stenographers and typists, and 18 percent of clerks were women.


Pronunciation: /-nəˈgrafɪk/
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  • Sales included a rare first edition of Sir Isaac's stenographic shorthand from 1837, which fetched £763 and a £2,115 manuscript volume of his correspondence in shorthand between 1839 and 1843.
  • The paper encourages reporters to incorporate analysis into their reporting rather than compose a stenographic procession of facts, quotations, and official denials, allowing it in many cases to get closer to the truth than its rivals.
  • More insidious than the numerous hothead pundits are the far more numerous reporters who can't stop providing stenographic services to official sources under the guise of journalism.


early 17th century: from Greek stenos 'narrow' + -graphy.

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