- The definition of a chart is a graph, table or diagram, or a map for air or marine navigation.
An example of a chart is the percentiles showing the growth of babies nationwide.
- a map, esp. one prepared for use in marine or air navigation
- an outline map on which special information, as on weather conditions or economic resources, is plotted geographically
- a group of facts about something, set up in the form of a diagram, table, graph, etc.
- such a diagram or graph
- a sheet with such diagrams, graphs, etc.
- ☆ Informal
- an arrangement of a musical composition, as for a jazz band
- a list of the best-selling recordings for a given period: usually used in pl.
Origin of chartOld French ; from Medieval Latin carta: see card
- to make a chart of; map; outline
- to plot (a course) on, or by reference to, a chart or charts
- to plan (a course of action)
- to show by, on, or as by a chart
- A map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators.
- An outline map on which specific information, such as scientific data, can be plotted.
- A sheet presenting information in the form of graphs or tables.
- See graph1.
- often charts A listing of best-selling recorded music or other items: A hit single that reached number 3 on the charts.
verbchart·ed, chart·ing, charts
- To make a chart of.
- To plan (something) in detail: is charting a course to destruction.
Origin of chartObsolete French charte, from Latin charta, sheet of paper made from papyrus; see card1.
- A map.
- A map illustrating the geography of a specific phenomenon.
- A navigator's map.
- A systematic non-narrative presentation of data.
- A written deed; a charter.
- (topology) A subspace of a manifold used as part of an atlas
(third-person singular simple present charts, present participle charting, simple past and past participle charted)
- To draw a chart or map of.
- To draw or figure out (a route or plan).
- Let's chart how we're going to get from here to there.
- We are on a course for disaster without having charted it.
- To record systematically.
- (intransitive, of a record or artist) To appear on a hit-recording chart.
- The song has charted for 15 weeks!
- The band first charted in 1994.
From Middle French charte (“card, map”), from Late Latin charta (“paper, card, map”), Latin ("papyrus, writing"), from Ancient Greek χάρτης (khartēs, “papyrus, thin sheet”).