Definition of Venn diagram in English:

Venn diagram


  • A diagram representing mathematical or logical sets pictorially as circles or closed curves within an enclosing rectangle (the universal set), common elements of the sets being represented by intersections of the circles.

    • ‘As Gerald Corbett pointed to flow charts and Venn diagrams, he uttered one word which sent the Prime Minister's temper soaring.’
    • ‘Before reading further, you may wish to brush up on Venn diagrams.’
    • ‘CD collections in a relationship are like Venn diagrams.’
    • ‘Graphically it would be a Venn diagram of interconnecting circles - a community of ideological risk takers.’
    • ‘Others may relate to comparisons, suggesting pie charts or Venn diagrams.’
    • ‘These aren't mutually exclusive, of course - they're intersecting areas of a Venn diagram.’
    • ‘For example, in proofs about sets, Venn diagrams provided a useful part of a concept image in some cases.’
    • ‘Imagine this article as a Venn diagram: two Fringe plays with an area of intersection.’
    • ‘In the Venn diagram of our musical tastes, the intersection of the circles is marked ‘world/roots’.’
    • ‘You may need to use several Venn diagrams, depending on the number of organisms chosen.’
    • ‘So, Facs started all her insane plans and even drew mind maps and Venn diagrams for organization.’
    • ‘The combined Venn diagram indicates that, as currently defined, both the Syzraniidae and Geinitzinidae are paraphyletic taxa.’
    • ‘Tags are multi-dimensional, and only look flat, in the way Venn diagrams look flat.’
    • ‘This site is for the instruction of referees - it's a sort of English Football Profanity Matrix complete with Venn diagrams.’
    • ‘Try not to think in terms of congruent shapes, but in terms of Venn diagrams.’
    • ‘It takes me back to my school days, when I was taught to use Venn diagrams in the maths class.’
    • ‘Euler is the originator of Venn diagrams, at least according to Kneale and Kneale.’
    • ‘The next day in English, Mrs. Banville made an announcement about the Venn diagrams.’
    • ‘Create a Venn diagram mapping the common links and differences between the two genres.’
    • ‘‘It's like a perfect Venn diagram,’ says Schriber, referring to the kind of graph that employs overlapping circles to illustrate logical relationships.’


Early 20th century: named after John Venn (1834–1923), English logician.


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