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

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Tapping the step counter shows a bar graph breaking down your movement by hour, and tapping the most recent workout stat brings you to a list of all your workouts in date order. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Huawei Watch GT review: When hardware and software don’t mesh," 16 Dec. 2018 My hours on YouTube loomed large on a bar graph - tsk-tsking me like a nosy, judgmental friend. William Wan,, "I had a bit of an app addiction. Until these apps saved me.," 5 July 2018 In fact, the bar graph of these statistics mirrors the graph on apprehensions (see above) — generally, when apprehensions were higher, so, too, were removals and returns. Lori Robertson, USA TODAY, "Illegal immigration: Separating the facts from fiction," 30 June 2018 At one point, third graders were set to learn graphing with the school’s daily energy tally, but the plan was scrapped because the dashboard gives that data in bar graphs. Chris Berdik, WIRED, "Solar Panels Power New Schools—and New Ways of Learning," 6 June 2018 Some airport pages show a bar graph displaying busy cycles—but with no specific times listed, the graph is useless. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why the TSA Can't Figure Out How to Report Wait Times," 4 May 2018 My total sleep time was eight hours and fifteen minutes, according to the app, but a bar graph of my sleep stages showed data for just five of those hours. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Gear Sport review: The only fitness watch for Samsung die-hards," 11 Mar. 2018 Here are the cities with the most accounts According to a bar graph made by dataviz, New York is home to 268,171 accounts, with Houston and Los Angeles coming in next with 186,795 and 181,918 accounts, respectively. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "A Master Post Documenting the Ashley Madison Aftershock," 15 Sep. 2015 But notice the bar graph at the bottom of that chart. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "What Texas primary voting tells us about November," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bar graph

1917, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bar graph was in 1917

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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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