What does the word shorthand mean?

Usage examples for shorthand

  1. It is this: When I was a student I acquired the useful art of writing shorthand. – The Eye of Osiris by R. Austin Freeman
  2. I was an expert shorthand writer and this seemed to be the only reason for keeping me back from better work, so at least I thought, and I think so still. – Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland by Joseph Tatlow