bar graph


: a graphic means of quantitative comparison by rectangles with lengths proportional to the measure of the data or things being compared

called also bar chart

Examples of bar graph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During his campaign, Mejia put up billboards on heavily trafficked streets with bar graphs comparing the three-billion-dollar L.A.P.D. budget with the city’s significantly smaller budget for housing and other priorities. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 29 Dec. 2023 One shown here [middle, bar graphs] reveals increased activity in the low-frequency ranges (theta and alpha) when a worker’s attention is high and cognitive stress is low; when the worker has low attention and high stress, there’s more activity in the higher-frequency ranges (beta and gamma). Evan Ackerman, IEEE Spectrum, 19 Nov. 2022 Beside each app is a bar graph highlighting recent network activity. Justin Pot, Popular Science, 24 Apr. 2023 Enlarge / Nvidia's H100 benchmark results versus the A100, in fancy bar graph form. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 9 Sep. 2022 David Denny, treasurer of the church, said the illuminated Garden Remembrance Memorial is supposed to look like a bar graph, showing how many people have died during the pandemic. From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 June 2021 This bar graph shows how the seasons in Denver, Colorado — not far from where the Marshall Fire ignited — have grown warmer over the years. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 31 Dec. 2021 Here's a map of the sea ice concentration in the Bering and Chukchi seas on Nov. 19th, along with a bar graph illustrating how conditions now compare to every other year since 1978, the year modern satellite monitoring began. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 2 Dec. 2017 This time, subjects who didn't see a bar graph saw the numbers repeated in the text instead. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bar graph was in 1917

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“Bar graph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

bar graph

: a graph that shows rectangles with lengths proportional to numbers as a visual way of comparing the numbers

called also bar chart

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