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diagram

Syllabification: di·a·gram
Pronunciation: /ˈdīəˌɡram
 
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Definition of diagram in English:

noun

(abbreviation: diag.)
1A simplified drawing showing the appearance, structure, or workings of something; a schematic representation: a diagram of the living room
More example sentences
  • They are packed with detail but it doesn't seem overwhelming because the pages are broken up with masses of superb colour photographs, maps, street-by-street diagrams and drawings.
  • Apart from the run-of-the-mill stuff like e-mail and word processing, he is teaching himself to use the computer to draw schematic diagrams.
  • The data are summarized in the schematic diagram below.
Synonyms
drawing, line drawing, sketch, representation, draft, illustration, picture, plan, outline, delineation, figure;
Computing graphic
1.1 Geometry A figure composed of lines that is used to illustrate a definition or statement or to aid in the proof of a proposition.
Example sentences
  • Along with many line diagrams and equations, the problems and ‘mathematical meanderings’ strengthen concepts in each chapter.
  • Stefan handed some chalk to Spencer who began drawing various diagrams on the board.

verb (diagrams, diagraming, diagramed; also diagramming, diagrammed)

[with object] Back to top  
Represent (something) in graphic form: the experiment is diagramed on page fourteen
More example sentences
  • The screening method is diagrammed in Fig 1A and represents a modification of the crossing design of COYNE et al. 1998.
  • The Kensico Cemetery burial card diagrams the wedge-shaped plot, 5 feet by 8 by 40.
  • By diagramming actual people in actual relationships, we are introducing both mechanical and conceptual problems.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin diagramma, from Greek, from diagraphein 'mark out by lines', from dia 'through' + graphein 'write'.

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