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Syllabification: chart
Pronunciation: /CHärt

Definition of chart in English:


1A sheet of information in the form of a table, graph, or diagram: a chart showing how much do-it-yourself costs compared with retail
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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, diagram, histogram;
bar chart, pie chart, flow chart;
Computing graphic
1.1 (usually the charts) A weekly listing of the current best-selling 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.
top twenty, top ten, list, listing
dated hit parade
1.2A geographical map or plan, especially one used for navigation by sea or air.
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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 Medicine A written record of information about a patient: scribbled on a patient’s chart
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  • Clinical information was retrieved from the patient's medical chart.
  • The patient's hospital chart contained little information on his past social history or family medical history.
  • Even in 2001, most results still were either printed out or manually written on patient charts.
1.4 (also birth chart or natal chart) Astrology A map showing the positions of the planets at the time of someone’s birth, from which astrologers are said to be able to deduce 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.


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1 [with object] Make a map of (an area).
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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, record, document, chronicle, log
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, record, register, represent;
make a chart/diagram of
2 [no object] (Of a record) enter the weekly 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.


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

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