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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.
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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
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(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.
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In doing so, it hopes to address harmful stenotypes and transphobia in Pakistan.
The commercial production of typewriters and stenotypes, (268) as well as the development of modern stenographic systems, (269) were thus significant advances, which broadly coincided with the emergence of criminal appeals in common law systems.
51, 53-54 (1981) (noting that typewriters were first produced in quantity in 1874, and that the next twenty years saw a "wave of invention of new office machines," including the stenotype).
Modern stenotypes have two rows of consonant keys and four vowel keys.
Court reporters and captioners use computers and a specialized machine, called a stenotype, to do their job.
But the text from a stenotype is gibberish to anyone not trained in machine shorthand.
Court reporters and captioners save their special spellings and abbreviations in a dictionary on their personal computers and download them into their stenotype machines.
Now, computers do the translation; more sophisticated stenotype machines translate as they go, in a process called Computer-Aided Transcription (CAT).
Some court reporters and captioners use their voices instead of a stenotype machine.
The National Court Reporters Association has approved about 70 schools that offer courses in stenotype CAT; many also offer courses in CART.
The stenocaptioner listens to the words spoken on the live broadcast and simultaneously stenotypes those words on a shorthand machine which sends the electronic data to a computer.
Sitting at a 24-key stenotype machine connected to a computer, a CART reporter types phonetic shorthand outlines onto the keyboard.