bar graph


Definition of 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 A week before George Floyd was killed, Jane Nguyen created a bar graph. NBC News, "Los Angeles activists were already pushing to defund the police. Then George Floyd died.," 14 June 2020 The bar graph also showed a 1.2% positive change after the acquittal of two white men facing trial in the brutal 1992 beating of Rodney King. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Fox News apologizes for on-air graphic showing market reaction to violence against black men," 6 June 2020 Christ said people should look at the bar graph on the data dashboard for the best understanding of when deaths occurred, rather than relying on the daily reported number. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Arizona's daily reported COVID-19 deaths have skyrocketed. But many are from weeks prior," 8 May 2020 Some charts are bar graphs, some are pie charts, some are line graphs—on a few occasions, the charts are broken (e.g., a pie chart depicting a 92:8 ratio that splits 50-50). Brian Feldman,, "The Software That’s Powering All the Coronavirus Dashboards," 14 May 2020 At a recent news briefing, President Trump pointed to a bar graph that showed that Belgium, which has about 11.5 million people, has the highest number of coronavirus deaths per capita. Author: William Booth, Karla Adam, Anchorage Daily News, "Britain surpasses Italy with most reported coronavirus deaths in Europe," 5 May 2020 Last, the pandemic data is put in context to the area’s demographics, including a bar graph showing the health insurance status of residents by age group. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "New COVID-19 dashboard just for the US offers rich, county-level data," 13 Apr. 2020 On Richmond Crescent in Norfolk, Va., more than a dozen homes rise in varying heights, forming a streetscape bar graph tracing the past decade’s increasing threat of flooding from an inlet of the Lafayette River. Jim Morrison, Washington Post, "Climate Change Turns the Tide on Waterfront Living," 13 Apr. 2020 As far as anyone can tell, and as dozens of less muddled bar graphs attest, American cases of COVID-19 are trending exponentially upward. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "What the Coronavirus Crisis Has Changed About Social Media, and What It Hasn’t Changed," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bar graph

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Bar graph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bar graph

: a graph or chart that uses narrow columns of different heights to show and compare different amounts

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Kids Definition of bar graph

: a chart that uses parallel bars whose lengths are in proportion to the numbers represented

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