Definitions

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  • n. A system of writing using abbreviations or special characters; shorthand.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Stenography.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art or practice of writing in shorthand; stenography.

Etymologies

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From French brachygraphie, from Ancient Greek βραχύς ("short") + -γραφία ("writing").

Examples

  • He used a "set of prison bars for the name Bernie Madoff" in his example for "brachygraphy" in the semifinals and later made a reference to the "The Jeffersons," a TV sitcom that went off the air some 10 years before the oldest of the spellers was born.

    Pa. girl wins Bee with 'cymotrichous'

  • He used a "set of prison bars for the name Bernie Madoff" in his example for "brachygraphy" and later made a reference to the "The Jeffersons," a sitcom that went off the air some 10 years before the oldest of the spellers was born.

    USATODAY.com News

  • JOANNA YE, a 14-year-old contestant in the National Spelling Bee, who advanced to the finals by correctly spelling brachygraphy, pinetum, rocaille and hypotrichosis

    TIME.com: Top Stories

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