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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Gary Migdol, a spokesman for Stanford Hospital and Clinics, said the spreadsheet first appeared on the site on Sept. 9, 2010, as an attachment to a question about how to convert the data into a bar graph. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 8 Sep. 2011 Hoping to generate an explanation, the Grosecloses had included in their email a bar graph of Jack’s sleep cycle and a photo of him. New York Times, 6 July 2022 The engine speed appears as a bar graph, torque and power can be displayed, and the car can also track g-forces and lap times. Juergen Zoellter, Car and Driver, 19 July 2021 To provide context, an infographic can offer visualization using a bar graph or pie chart, the size of the crypto market cap versus precious metals, equities and other sectors. Yec, Forbes, 24 June 2021 This was not a full circle moment but the right side of a steep bar graph, arrow pointing directly up. Ann Killion,, 15 Dec. 2020 One of these shows your speed, a graphical representation of the battery's state of charge, a range estimate, and a bar graph that shows energy being deployed or regenerated. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 5 Oct. 2020 A week before George Floyd was killed, Jane Nguyen created a bar graph. NBC News, 14 June 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bar graph was in 1917

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Cite this Entry

“Bar graph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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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