graph

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noun (1)

1
: a diagram (such as a series of one or more points, lines, line segments, curves, or areas) that represents the variation of a variable in comparison with that of one or more other variables
2
: the collection of all points whose coordinates satisfy a given relation (such as a function)
3
: a collection of vertices and edges that join pairs of vertices

graph

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verb

graphed; graphing; graphs

transitive verb

1
: to represent by a graph
2
: to plot on a graph

graph

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noun (2)

1
: a written or printed representation of a basic unit of speech (such as a phoneme or syllable)
especially : grapheme sense 1
2
: a single occurrence of a letter of an alphabet in any of its various shapes

-graph

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noun combining form

1
: something written or drawn
monograph
2
[French -graphe, from Late Latin -graphus] : instrument for making or transmitting records or images
chronograph

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Example Sentences

Verb Students were asked to graph each equation.

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

short for graphic formula

Noun (2)

probably from -graph

Noun combining form

Latin -graphum, from Greek -graphon, from neuter of -graphos written, from graphein to write — more at carve

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of graph was in 1886

Dictionary Entries Near graph

Cite this Entry

“Graph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/graph. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

graph 1 of 3

noun

: a diagram that by means of dots and lines shows a system of relationships between things
a graph of birth rates

graph

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verb

graphed; graphing
: to show something using a graph

-graph

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noun suffix

ˌgraf
1
: something written
paragraph
2
: instrument for making or sending records
telegraph

Medical Definition

graph 1 of 2

noun

: a diagram (as a series of one or more points, lines, line segments, curves, or areas) that represents the variation of a variable in comparison with that of one or more other variables

graph

2 of 2

transitive verb

1
: to represent by a graph
2
: to plot on a graph
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