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Meaning of shorthand

short•hand

Pronunciation: (shôrt'hand"), [key]
— 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 in a kind of pidgin shorthand to overcome the language barrier.
—adj.
  1. using or able to use shorthand.
  2. written in shorthand.
  3. of or pertaining to shorthand.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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