Definition of pie chart in US English:

pie chart


  • A type of graph in which a circle is divided into sectors that each represent a proportion of the whole.

    • ‘If you are working with nominal or ordinal variables, the bar chart and the pie chart are two of the easiest methods to use.’
    • ‘Thus a pie chart showing carbon dioxide divides along roughly the same ratios as one showing energy use.’
    • ‘We would have illustrated this with a pie chart, but fear this would only accelerate the crisis.’
    • ‘The pie chart shows shares of download totals for the whole six-month period, showing the top ten distributions.’
    • ‘As the demographic pie chart indicates, in addition to members in industry and public practice, we also have members in the public sector and in education.’
    graph, table, tabulation, grid, histogram, diagram, guide, scheme, figure, illustration
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1920s: because of the resemblance of the graph to a pie divided into portions.


pie chart

/ˈpī ˌCHärt//ˈpaɪ ˌtʃɑrt/