(redirected from Stenotype machine)
Also found in: Encyclopedia.


1. A keyboard machine used to record dictation in shorthand by a series of phonetic symbols.
2. A phonetic symbol or combination of symbols produced by such a machine.
tr.v. sten·o·typed, sten·o·typ·ing, sten·o·types
To record or transcribe (matter) with a stenotype machine.

sten′o·typ′ist n.


1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) trademark a machine with a keyboard for recording speeches, etc, in a phonetic shorthand
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) any machine resembling this
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) the phonetic symbol typed in one stroke of such a machine


(ˈstɛn əˌtaɪp)

n., v. -typed, -typ•ing. n.
1. a keyboard machine resembling a typewriter, used in stenotypy.
2. the symbols typed in one stroke on this machine.
3. to write or record with a stenotype.
[1890–95; formerly a trademark]
sten′o•typ`ist, n.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
The ability to provide and use a stenotype machine that uses machine shorthand with computer software that translates shorthand into real-time captions, matching the shorthand against the specialized shorthand dictionary stored in the computer; and
When I first started, the reporters for depositions used to do it by shorthand--now most of the depositions are done orally--you don't have anybody banging away on a stenotype machine.
Court reporter Lori Sosnoski carried her stenotype machine up the stairs, set it on its tripod and fetched a nearby chair to set up shop in a corner near the judge.
Now, from Manhattan to Los Angeles, American law firms are tapping a fresh resource to streamline this process: Realtime court reporters--equipped with stenotype machine, laptop, state-of-the-art technology and years of training--who can transcribe spoken words simultaneously, or in "real time," at up to 260 words per minute.
Some court reporters and captioners use their voices instead of a stenotype machine.
We must hear and write every word that is spoken in hearings and trials, writing on a stenotype machine at speeds of up to 300 words per minute at times.
The modern shorthand writer who embarks on a career as a court reporter has graduated from an accredited college of court reporting and has mastered the use of the 24-character keyboard of the stenotype machine.
Sitting at a 24-key stenotype machine connected to a computer, a CART reporter types phonetic shorthand outlines onto the keyboard.