Definition of chart in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʃɑːt/


1A sheet of information in the form of a table, graph, or diagram: the doctor recorded her blood pressure on a chart
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  • It contains many descriptive black and white drawings, as well as tables, charts, and graphs, to illustrate information in the text.
  • This documentation frequently is supplemented with tables, charts, and graphs to illustrate information presented in the text.
  • There were neatly laid out charts, tables and graphs in bright colours, illustrating the statistical information and making it all easier to spot the main trends.
graph, table, tabulation, grid, histogram, diagram, guide, scheme, figure, illustration;
bar chart, pie chart, flow chart;
map, plan, blueprint;
Computing  graphic
1.1 (usually the charts) A weekly listing of the current bestselling pop records: she topped the charts for eight weeks
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  • It should surprise no one that the record entered the charts at No. 1 in eleven countries.
  • In the early 1960s, the lyrical tenor saxophonist Stan Getz topped the charts with recordings of music by Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.
  • The song, the undoubted highlight of the evening, is currently top of the charts - with a little help from Bolton comedian Peter Kay.
hit parade, top twenty;
list, listing, league, catalogue, index
1.2A geographical map or plan, especially one used for navigation by sea or air: a chart of the English coast
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  • Having to navigate whilst seated on the deck facing aft with only a chart, a stopwatch and a navigation plan is a feat few could accomplish and must be admired.
  • Glancing at our navigation chart, I noticed the Lakehurst Naval Air Station with its huge airship hangars was slightly off course inland.
  • For example, you want to make sure that the ‘old’ name is removed from everything on board, including log books and charts.
1.3 (also birth chart or natal chart) Astrology A circular map showing the positions of the planets in the twelve houses at the time of someone’s birth, from which astrologers are said to be able to deduce their character or potential.
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  • It is well worth finding out the position of Jupiter by sign and house in your birth chart, as these hold clues to how you can/will find abundance and joy in life.
  • There really is very little astrological connection between your birth chart and his that would indicate a long-term relationship.
  • Oddly enough, as you have noted, Saturn is the strongest planet in your birth chart.


1 [with object] Make a map of (an area): Cook charted the coasts and waters of New Zealand
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  • It wasn't until these areas were charted, the dangers known, and markets for goods discovered that private ships sailed the ocean to move goods around the planet.
  • But the Pacific Ocean is unpredictable, some areas are not charted well and some of the charts go back to the last century so you can get reefs and islands off where they actually are.
  • Interest in the colonies was also sustained by a new generation of restless, independent-minded explorers who set off to chart the unmapped areas beyond the frontiers of the French Empire.
1.1Plot (a course) on a chart: the pilot found his craft taking a route he had not charted
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  • Lee turned from the windows and followed his executive to the table, and they began to chart a new course.
  • And by far the best way to enjoy it is to hire a cabin cruiser and chart a course along its winding length.
  • Instead we carry on our proud tradition of charting an independent course.
follow, trace, outline, describe, detail, note, report, record, register, document, chronicle, log, catalogue
1.2Record the progress or development of: the poems chart his descent into madness a major series charting the history of country music
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  • Federal investigators are scouring records to chart the life of the animal and others in its birth herd for evidence that they may have consumed contaminated feed.
  • Today, unattended robotic telescopes scan skies that have been charted over centuries, recording their findings in modern databases.
  • All aspects of each practice game should be charted and recorded so that individual player analysis is complete.
tabulate, plot, graph, delineate, map, map out, draw up, sketch, draft, document, record, register, represent;
make a chart of, make a diagram of
2 [no object] (Of a record) sell enough copies to enter the music charts at a particular position: the record will probably chart at about No. 74
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  • Martin is hoping it will chart high enough for the band to reappear on the TV programme.
  • A number of radio stations have loved their work, thus far, and play it often enough to have it chart well.
  • Propelled by the omnipresent single Dreaming of You, their eponymous debut album charted at number five, sold half a million copies and was nominated for the prestigious music prize.


be off the charts

Have reached an extreme or unexpected level: their stats would be off the charts
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  • There was no question that the data were off the charts.
  • The economy was off the charts when he was governor.
  • Night in and night out his energy is off the charts.


Late 16th century: from French charte, from Latin charta 'paper, papyrus leaf' (see card1).

  • card from Late Middle English:

    A medieval word that comes via French carte from Latin charta ‘papyrus leaf or paper’, the source of chart (late 16th century), and charter (Middle English). Its first recorded sense was ‘playing card’, source of many expressions we use today. To have a card up your sleeve is to have a plan or asset that you are keeping secret until you need it. If someone holds all the cards in a situation, they are in a very strong position, just like a card player who has a hand guaranteed to win. Someone who is secretive and cautious about their plans or activities might be said to be keeping their cards close to their chest. The image here is of a card player trying to prevent the other players from looking at their hand. If you play your cards right you make the best use of your assets and opportunities to ensure you get what you want, whereas to lay your cards on the table is to be completely open and honest in saying what your intentions are. Rather different from the above expressions is on the cards (in the US, in the cards), meaning ‘possible or likely’. The cards being referred to here are ones used for fortune-telling.

    In Britain a person unlucky enough to get or be given their cards is sacked from their job. The cards referred to are the National Insurance details and other documents that were formerly retained by the employer during a person's employment. A politician who is said to play the race card exploits the issue of race or racism for their own ends. The expression originates in a letter written by Lord Randolph Churchill (1849–95) in 1886 on the question of Irish Home Rule. Referring to the Orange Order of Protestant Loyalists, he said that ‘the Orange card would be the one to play’.

    Charles Dickens (1812–70) was fond of using card in the sense ‘an odd or eccentric person’, and his Sketches by Boz (1836) provides the first written use. It comes from sure card, meaning a person who was sure to succeed. Discard (late 16th century) was originally used in relation to rejecting a playing card.

Words that rhyme with chart

apart, apparat, art, baht, Bart, Barthes, cart, carte, clart, dart, Eilat, fart, ghat, Gujarat, Gujrat, hart, Harte, heart, heart-to-heart, impart, Jat, kart, kyat, Maat, Mansart, mart, outsmart, part, quarte, salat, savate, Scart, smart, start, tart, zakat

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