Definition of chart in English:

chart

noun

  • 1A sheet of information in the form of a table, graph, or diagram.

    ‘the doctor recorded her blood pressure on a chart’
    • ‘He had carefully drawn various diagrams and charts on oversize graph paper.’
    • ‘The abundance of figures, tables, charts, and examples help make the research results more understandable.’
    • ‘Don't you have a chart or a graph somewhere that tells you when you've repeated yourself.’
    • ‘Maybe you hate paperwork and your dream come true would be to have all the quotes reformatted as a graph or a comparison chart instead of having to sit there and read through the lot.’
    • ‘His well-structured argument included charts, graphs, and scientific data to describe climate change trends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This bit of dry data, presented in charts and tables of figures intelligible only to specialists, links the unremarkable urban events with the movement of the stars.’
    • ‘The distribution of patients according to vital status, therapy received, or a specific prognostic factor can also be displayed as a table or a chart.’
    • ‘The graphs and charts provide fascinating information, along with colorful photographs of many different types of chameleons.’
    • ‘It also helps to extract information into charts, tables, bulleted lists and interactive graphics.’
    • ‘Science questions often consist of interpreting a graph or a chart correctly rather than knowing anything about chemical properties or physical laws.’
    • ‘The chart above shows a graph of the most influential or authoritative blogs as compared with the most authoritative ‘big media’ sites.’
    • ‘She was sitting as usual at the table with sheets and charts spread all around her, a pen in her hand and a coffee close by.’
    • ‘There is a choice between several standard graph styles, bar charts, pie charts and line charts.’
    • ‘This documentation frequently is supplemented with tables, charts, and graphs to illustrate information presented in the text.’
    • ‘As the chart illustrates, the longer you have your money invested, the greater your investment return and the less you need to save to reach your goal.’
    • ‘It contains many descriptive black and white drawings, as well as tables, charts, and graphs, to illustrate information in the text.’
    • ‘His collection of antique graphs and finely ruled charts works great for explaining information design to academics and engineers.’
    • ‘The couch was inviting, but the table in front was devoid of his charts and probe data sheets.’
    • ‘Frequently, a sketch, a map, a chart, a graph, a computerized illustration or even a photograph really has no probative value at all.’
    graph, table, tabulation, grid, histogram, diagram, guide, scheme, figure, illustration
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    1. 1.1usually the charts A weekly listing of the current bestselling pop records.
      ‘she topped the charts for eight weeks’
      • ‘Now he is a rap star whose music tops the charts in his adopted home of Kenya.’
      • ‘The song, the undoubted highlight of the evening, is currently top of the charts - with a little help from Bolton comedian Peter Kay.’
      • ‘It was a landmark and helped lay the foundations for the current urban music takeover of the charts and clubs.’
      • ‘Yesterday he was whisked from his North London hotel after grabbing a few hours' sleep to begin the journey he hopes will take him to the top of the charts.’
      • ‘I believe their music is better than some music currently fighting for the charts.’
      • ‘Glenn Miller's follow-up recording remained at the top of the charts for months.’
      • ‘His work has taken him to Europe, Japan and China, where his artist is currently topping the charts.’
      • ‘I haven't had a number one record in the charts but then again I think that can have its own pitfalls.’
      • ‘It brought the guys back into the charts, but it was another eight months before they recorded a brand new album at a studio in Sweden.’
      • ‘All will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of last year's winner, David Sneddon, who topped the charts with his debut single, Stop Living The Lie.’
      • ‘He landed more records on the charts than anyone in history.’
      • ‘In the early 1960s, the lyrical tenor saxophonist Stan Getz topped the charts with recordings of music by Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim.’
      • ‘The act's new album, currently topping the charts, looks set to do the same.’
      • ‘That was also an era when comedy records were routinely topping the charts.’
      • ‘I did a couple of interviews for some popular magazines and had a record in the charts which is unusual for a jazz musician but for the most part, I was just trying to let folks know about jazz music.’
      • ‘Both the single and the album have topped the charts with the album selling more than 600,000 copies in three months.’
      • ‘It should surprise no one that the record entered the charts at No. 1 in eleven countries.’
      • ‘His highly anticipated CD made its way to the top of the charts, selling an impressive 450,000 copies its first week in stores.’
      • ‘Their debut album shot to the top of the charts on March 6 and sold more than 200,000 in its first week on sale.’
      • ‘The band, who topped the charts with their self-titled debut record, hope to have the new material ready for release early next year.’
      hit parade, top twenty
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    2. 1.2 A geographical map or plan, especially one used for navigation by sea or air.
      ‘a chart of the English coast’
      • ‘Many were wrecked because of inadequate knowledge or charts, poor navigation skills or handling but also as a result of the unpredictable seas and weather.’
      • ‘These objects were not marked on nautical charts.’
      • ‘The only hang-up was the navigation chart got sucked out the window somewhere over North Carolina; fortunately, we were in a familiar area.’
      • ‘For example, you want to make sure that the ‘old’ name is removed from everything on board, including log books and charts.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her current task is to undertake survey work, updating existing charts and navigational resources.’
      • ‘Glancing at our navigation chart, I noticed the Lakehurst Naval Air Station with its huge airship hangars was slightly off course inland.’
      • ‘Until now, boaters with navigation software had to purchase their charts from a vendor or pay a vendor for a subscription to a chart updating service.’
      • ‘Balides, embarking on his 24th mission, was there with his track chart and flight plan.’
      • ‘He also drew the first accurate navigation charts of the islands.’
      • ‘Each participant of the rally, that began from Grand Hyatt hotel here, was given a navigation chart containing directions of route and driving speed.’
      • ‘Among the items in the collection is Captain Cook's original chart of Newfoundland - one of more than 100,000 items which will be located in the Naval Base.’
      • ‘Items on a table included an air chart of the US, and a flight instruction manual.’
      • ‘The case for more accurate and timely government nautical charts seems to have resonated within the new Bush Administration this year.’
      • ‘All the airspace changes will be depicted on aeronautical charts from November 25.’
      • ‘Your choice of aeronautical charts also is important.’
      • ‘Without an accurate chart, she anchored in Betano Bay at dusk on September 23, 1942 and commenced disembarking troops over her quarterdeck.’
      • ‘Our chart showed a group of small islands off to starboard, with - unusually - a marked channel leading in.’
      • ‘The manual also contains a handy navigation chart for the control panel on the printer itself.’
      • ‘Dee prepared nautical information, including charts for navigation in the polar regions, for the company during the next 32 years.’
      blueprint, drawing, scale drawing, diagram, sketch, map, layout, artist's impression
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    3. 1.3Astrology 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.
      • ‘There really is very little astrological connection between your birth chart and his that would indicate a long-term relationship.’
      • ‘Your astrologer will work from your birth chart based on your birth details.’
      • ‘The astrologer can look at my birth chart and say that it's a very good time to start my export-import business.’
      • ‘His birth chart indicates much tension in his love life and suggests a divine discontent that would never let him rest on his laurels.’
      • ‘The lack of air in a birth chart can indicate difficulty in the expression of that person.’
      • ‘A birth chart looks a bit like a pie cut into 12 slices.’
      • ‘The natal chart, or birth chart, is an accurate map of the sky at the time of birth; equivalent to a fingerprint with everyone's being unique.’
      • ‘However, if for some reason you simply want to ‘look ahead’ without much in-depth analysis of the birth chart, you may order this report.’
      • ‘The possibility of a knock to the head affecting the hearing is not unsupported in his birth chart.’
      • ‘Oddly enough, as you have noted, Saturn is the strongest planet in your birth chart.’
      • ‘You have great potential in your birth chart and the ability to always learn something new.’
      • ‘Even though the sun is important in the birth chart, it is only one of many indicators of personality.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They did not even usefully agree on what the birth chart indicates.’
      • ‘But to remain cheerful I decided to get an online birth chart reading.’
      • ‘Does being born on a leap year day have any significance in your birth chart?’
      • ‘If it is at all possible for you, I suggest you attend it and perhaps get an in-depth reading of your birth chart from one of the excellent astrologers who will be there.’
      • ‘One can almost say we see your mother in your birth chart.’
      • ‘So I would go to the library and get books on different companies, then look at the charts for the companies, trying to work out whether you could actually see what happened to the company by looking at its birth chart.’
      • ‘What I noticed in your birth chart in particular is an opposition between moon in Taurus and Venus in Scorpio.’

verb

  • 1with object Make a map of (an area)

    ‘Cook charted the coasts and waters of New Zealand’
    • ‘Cook charted the coasts and seaways of Canada, the St Lawrence Channel and the coasts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.’
    • ‘He also learnt about cartographic techniques, that is the ability to go and chart coasts of new lands.’
    • ‘A Soviet oceanographer added his own theory to the pile in 1979, when he charted a sunken plateau about 560 miles off the western coast of Portugal.’
    • ‘Volunteers will get a designated area to chart starting at 12 noon and all are welcome to go along to help.’
    • ‘The island was clearly identified in court records of the Ming dynasty, charted by the explorer Cheng Ho in 1430 and given its current name, Taiwan.’
    • ‘Leaving New Zealand in April 1770, Cook made for Australia and began charting the coast.’
    • ‘Tipperary man Henry Kellett was the first European to sight and chart the Siberian coast.’
    • ‘In 1821 Captain Philip P. King visited Stanley Island as he sailed north, charting the coasts for the British Navy in the interests of colonial power.’
    • ‘I had spent an idyllic summer on Mayne Island which takes its name from a lieutenant on a Royal Navy survey ship that charted these waters a century and a half ago.’
    • ‘Flinders surveyed and charted the entire south coast from Cape Leeuwin and reached South Australian waters in January 1802 also charting the coast, islands, bays and headlands.’
    • ‘As well as observing the transit of Venus at Tahiti, Cook charted the coasts of both the large islands of New Zealand and of eastern Australia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They span the period from James Cook's first Pacific voyage, which charted the east coast of Australia in 1770, to the present.’
    • ‘On September 14 the unit was reconnoitred as a diversionary raid; two mines were found and detonated and the beach and defense positions charted.’
    • ‘The ship went on to chart the east coast of Australia, successfully claiming half the continent for King George III.’
    • ‘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.’
    plot, delineate, draw, depict, portray, survey
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    1. 1.1 Plot (a course) on a chart.
      ‘the pilot found his craft taking a route he had not charted’
      • ‘You have to chart your own course, for you know best your situation.’
      • ‘It is the 17th book in a series of guides charting the pharmaceutical industry's progress in major disease areas.’
      • ‘I shall continue to chart my own course to recovery.’
      • ‘Instead we carry on our proud tradition of charting an independent course.’
      • ‘Hence they can be used as unfaltering focal points by which to chart your personal development.’
      • ‘But he must be left unfettered to chart his own course, do the job as a true political leader and with all the powers normally associated with true leadership.’
      • ‘Lee turned from the windows and followed his executive to the table, and they began to chart a new course.’
      • ‘They wanted their clubs to go one way, but found others charting a different course.’
      • ‘Although it charts the development of ideas in Van Gogh's ouevre, the show is not organised strictly chronologically, but by theme.’
      • ‘Actually, the route that the bus follows was charted by a police constable by the name of Tolmer.’
      • ‘Her surname suits, because you'll need an atlas to chart her background.’
      • ‘Rather than tying literary phenomena to underlying social and political developments, she charts an autonomous history for literature itself.’
      • ‘The Canadian Cancer Society, on the other hand, has recently charted an independent course.’
      • ‘It wants to chart the changing landscape of the area and its transformation from marshes to a new town.’
      • ‘And by far the best way to enjoy it is to hire a cabin cruiser and chart a course along its winding length.’
      • ‘Knowing how they have charted their courses can only help as you begin to chart yours.’
      • ‘It highlights key facets of presidential policies and priorities, difficulties and conflicts, while charting the developing nature of the office.’
      • ‘It was Charles de Gaulle who first charted this course.’
      • ‘In the special exhibition area the costume gallery charts some of the radical changes that have occurred in tennis outfits, especially for women.’
      • ‘A new book has been published tracing the history of an Oakworth family and charting its influence on the area.’
      follow, trace, outline, describe, detail, note, report, record, register, document, chronicle, log, catalogue
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    2. 1.2 Record the progress or development of.
      ‘the poems chart his descent into madness’
      ‘a major series charting the history of country music’
      • ‘Coach Smith's system of different defenses are charted in the following diagram.’
      • ‘In principle, victim surveys are an additional way of charting the nature of victimization.’
      • ‘The stable funds will rarely need charting, just a monthly record of prices.’
      • ‘System software generates reports and charts the results to user specifications.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As there can be 100 or so storms a year meteorologists need a means of identifying individual storms to avoid confusion, especially as one or more storms may be followed and charted by many meteorologists simultaneously.’
      • ‘All aspects of each practice game should be charted and recorded so that individual player analysis is complete.’
      • ‘Certain off licences in the city centre operate a refusal register, which charts the estimated age of children that they turn away.’
      • ‘Participants recorded and charted their daily lifestyle activities in each area to provide evaluative feedback.’
      • ‘Jane, a registered nurse on a busy surgical unit, completes an assessment of one of her assigned postoperative patients but charts minimal information on the patient record.’
      • ‘Today, unattended robotic telescopes scan skies that have been charted over centuries, recording their findings in modern databases.’
      • ‘This now holds over 5.2 million records of marine life and has charted 38,000 species.’
      • ‘Participants also calculated and charted a weekly summary of their lifestyle activities in each area for additional feedback.’
      • ‘These summary scores and a summary score for all areas were calculated, recorded, and charted on a lifestyle summary sheet.’
      • ‘In an intensive work period, Beagle surveyed more than 120 square miles of sea-bed, locating and charting more than 3,500 identifiable individual features.’
      • ‘The work is double- and triple-checked by two other reporters charting the game from home.’
      • ‘The technique measures activity in different regions of the brain by charting the flow of blood to particular areas.’
      • ‘A national database charts more than 28 million UK addresses which can identify whether or not a home has a licence.’
      • ‘I explain their viewing will be first charted, then restricted.’
      • ‘The final survey results will be revealed in the live event starting in late May, with the overall aim being to gain 100,000 recordings charting spring's arrival.’
      follow, trace, outline, describe, detail, note, report, record, register, document, chronicle, log, catalogue
      tabulate, plot, graph, delineate, map, map out, draw up, sketch, draft, document, record, register, represent
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  • 2no 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’
    • ‘For the next eight years Joan toured the world to sell out audiences, each album charted, and the hit singles just kept on coming.’
    • ‘Ultimately the single will only chart well if it is on radio play lists.’
    • ‘Despite this, the single sold 150,000 copies in five days and charted at number 11.’
    • ‘He's sold more than 45 million of them, charted 75 times.’
    • ‘Their debut single reached No 7 but the three follow-ups charted at lower and lower positions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Christine is one of the few female writers to have charted two hit records in the same top ten.’
    • ‘This should chart well next Sunday though as many fans will have it on the album I wouldn't expect it to get as far as the top ten.’
    • ‘We think the singer has brilliant material, and it's the record company, not her, that made it chart really low.’
    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • be off the charts

    • Have reached an extreme or unexpected level.

      ‘their stats would be off the charts’
      • ‘In the last few years the affordability scale has been off the charts.’
      • ‘My hormones are off the charts tonight.’
      • ‘When the company had a financial performance that was off the charts, everything was great.’
      • ‘Some inner-city neighborhoods, where joblessness is off the charts, are becoming islands of despair.’
      • ‘The cuteness factor is off the charts, but it feels sort of self-designed, unoriginal, and lame.’
      • ‘Her alcohol level must have been off the charts!’
      • ‘Even by the generally lax standards of plausibility employed in slasher films, this one's off the charts.’
      • ‘There was no question that the data were off the charts.’
      • ‘Night in and night out his energy is off the charts.’
      • ‘Her liver is hardly functioning and her iron levels are off the charts.’
      • ‘I am lighter, quicker on my feet, and my performance is off the charts.’
      • ‘Data growth is off the charts.’
      • ‘Oysters are off the charts in zinc.’
      • ‘The economy was off the charts when he was governor.’
      • ‘We do spend highly on education—but it's off the charts on health care.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from French charte, from Latin charta ‘paper, papyrus leaf’ (see card).

Pronunciation

chart

/tʃɑːt/