from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A keyboard machine used to record dictation in shorthand by a series of phonetic symbols.
  • n. A phonetic symbol or combination of symbols produced by such a machine.
  • transitive v. To record or transcribe (matter) with a stenotype machine.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A keyboard machine used to record a version of shorthand using a series of phonetic symbols

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An ordinary type-letter—capital, lower-case, or italic—used to denote a shorthand character or outline.


steno(graphy) + type.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Even after Mr. Rizzo tried to explain how the stenotype machine works—the unmarked keys apparently representing sounds rather than words, with separate keys for the left and right hand—I still didn't understand.

    The Perfect Reporter

  • Furthermore, the job requires more preparation than simply showing up in a courtroom on the first day of the trial with your stenotype machine.

    The Perfect Reporter

  • The reporter must familiarize himself or herself in advance with the names of all the players—prosecutors and defense lawyers, witnesses, corporations not to mention medical terminology, mechanical engineering, etc—and then enter them into the dictionary of the computer that translates the stenotype machine's shorthand into common English and creates the official transcript so that it accepts rather than alters or rejects the names.

    The Perfect Reporter

  • I believe it works the same way as court reporting with a stenotype machine and may be done simultaneously.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Would Sotomayor be the First Justice Not to Have English as Her Native Language?:

  • Takes dictation of correspondence, reports, and other matter, and transcribes from shorthand, stenotype, or recording equipment.

    Discover What You’re Best At

  • Uses stenotype to record the speeches and debates of the legislators.

    Discover What You’re Best At

  • Records minutes of court proceedings, using a stenotype or shorthand, and transcribes testimony, using typewriter.

    Discover What You’re Best At

  • Combine these two elements, let the Vocoder run the stenotype, and the result is a machine which types when talked to.

    As We May Think

  • The other element is found in the stenotype, that somewhat disconcerting device encountered usually at public meetings.

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  • Copper watched Kennon as he dictated the covering letter, her slim fingers dancing over the stenotype.

    The Lani People


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