shorthand

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

He took the speech down in shorthand.

SHORTHAND + NOUN
typist, writer (both BrE)

A shorthand writer will make a transcript.

notes
notation
2 quick way of talking about sth
ADJECTIVE
convenient, useful
visual
VERB + SHORTHAND
use sth as
become

Smoking became visual shorthand for ‘cool and rebellious’.

Television drama had become popular shorthand for gloominess.

SHORTHAND + NOUN
description, term

‘Free trade’ was a shorthand term for a whole ideology.

way

a shorthand way of talking about this situation

PREPOSITION
shorthand for

The term ‘machine’ is used as convenient shorthand for the total hardware and software system.


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  • 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

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  • 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

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