›(alsostenography)WORKPLACE, MEETINGSa system of writing that uses lines and symbols to represent words and is used to record what someone says as they are speaking: do/know shorthandI couldn't do shorthand so they said they couldn't hire me as a secretary.in shorthandToday's secretaries are just as likely to tell their boss how to use a laptop as to take a letter in shorthand.
be shorthand for sth›to be a short or quick way of referring to something: Wi-fi is shorthand for wireless fidelity.›to be another way of saying that something has a particular quality: With some products "made in the U.S.A." remains shorthand for reliability.
The climate debate is one that has predictably generated a large amount of new vocabulary, some of it originally specialized scientific terminology that has been taken up by the media and is now common currency. Some of these terms are new additions to the Cambridge English Dictionary. The two opposing sides in