Whether it's a kind of graph, a map, or even a piece of music, a chart is a visual display of information. As a verb, chart means to make that kind of display.

Some words' meanings grow narrower over the centuries. But in the case of chart, which comes from the French charte and Latin charta, "map," the meanings have grown a lot since the 1500s. Now, chart is a noun meaning any visual index of information, as in "that song is shooting up the charts." It's also still a map, as in "harbor chart." And it's a verb, as in "to chart your progress, make a chart."

Definitions of chart

n a visual display of information

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a chart or map showing the movements or progress of an object
organization chart
a chart showing the lines of responsibility between departments of a large organization
color chart
a chart displaying colors
bar chart, bar graph
a chart with bars whose lengths are proportional to quantities
eye chart
a chart that is read from a fixed distance; used as a test of vision
flip chart
a chart with several sheets hinged at the top; sheets can be flipped over to present information sequentially
pie chart
a circular chart divided into triangular areas proportional to the percentages of the whole
star chart
a chart showing the relative positions of the stars in a particular part of the sky
an analysis (often in graphical form) representing the extent to which something exhibits various characteristics
color circle, color wheel
a chart in which complementary colors (or their names) are arranged on opposite sides of a circle
a bar chart representing a frequency distribution; heights of the bars represent observed frequencies
population profile
a chart showing the number of people as a function of their ages
Type of:
visual communication
communication that relies on vision

n a map designed to assist navigation by air or sea

naval chart, navigational chart, pilot chart
a chart for a navigator showing the prevailing meteorological and hydrographic and navigational conditions
Type of:
a diagrammatic representation of the earth's surface (or part of it)

v make a chart of

chart the territory”
Type of:
make a map of; show or establish the features of details of

v represent by means of a graph

chart the data”
Type of:
interpret, represent
create an image or likeness of

v plan in detail

“Bush is charting a course to destroy Saddam Hussein”
Type of:
make plans for something

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