Learner's definition of SHORTHAND
a method of writing quickly by using symbols or abbreviations for sounds, words, or phrases
a short or quick way of showing or saying something
— usually + for
always used before a noun
a shorthand reporter [=someone whose job is to record in shorthand exactly what is said in a court of law or in a meeting]
(Brit) a shorthand typist [=(chiefly US) stenographer; someone whose job is to record in shorthand what is said and then type it]
“The Far East” is a shorthand term for all the countries of eastern Asia and the Malay Archipelago.