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A form of shorthand that uses letters of the alphabet instead of symbols.
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(Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) trademark a form of shorthand in which alphabetic combinations are used to represent groups of sounds or short common words
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a system of shorthand utilizing letters of the alphabet.
[1920–25; formerly a trademark]
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