Definition of stenography in English:

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Pronunciation: /stəˈnɒɡrəfi/
Pronunciation: /stɛˈnɒɡrəfi/


[mass noun] North American
The action or process of writing in shorthand and transcribing the shorthand on a typewriter.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /stɛnəˈɡrafɪk/
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with stenography

autobiography, bibliography, biography, cardiography, cartography, chirography, choreography, chromatography, cinematography, cosmography, cryptography, demography, discography, filmography, geography, hagiography, historiography, hydrography, iconography, lexicography, lithography, oceanography, orthography, palaeography (US paleography), photography, radiography, reprography, topography, typography

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Line breaks: sten|og¦raphy

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