Definition of shorthand noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʃɔːthænd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʃɔːrthænd//
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  1. 1(North American English also stenography) [uncountable] a quick way of writing using special signs or abbreviations, used especially to record what somebody is saying typing and shorthand to take something down in shorthand a shorthand typist shorthand notes to do shorthand
  2. 2[uncountable, countable, usually singular] shorthand (for something) a shorter way of saying or referring to something, which may not be as accurate as the more complicated way of saying it
  3. Extra examples A shorthand writer will make a transcript. He took the speech down in shorthand. Her secretary was taking shorthand. Smoking became visual shorthand for ‘cool and rebellious’. The term ‘machine’ is used as a convenient shorthand for the total hardware and software system. a shorthand way of talking about this situation
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: shorthand