chart

1 of 2

noun

1
: map: such as
a
: an outline map exhibiting something (such as climatic or magnetic variations) in its geographical aspects
b
: a map for the use of navigators
2
a
: a sheet giving information in tabular form
b
: graph
c
d
: a sheet of paper ruled and graduated for use in a recording instrument
e
: a record of medical information about a patient
f
: a listing by rank (as of sales)
usually used in plural
number one on the chartsTim Cahill
3
: a musical arrangement
also : a part in such an arrangement

chart

2 of 2

verb

charted; charting; charts

transitive verb

1
: to lay out a plan for
chart a course
2
: to make a map or chart of
chart the coastline
3
: chronicle
the book charts the last years of his life

intransitive verb

: to be ranked on a chart
the song charted for three months

Examples of chart in a Sentence

Noun a chart showing the number of cars sold each month The doctor consulted the patient's chart. The record went to the top of the charts. Verb They charted the course of the ship. She wanted to chart her own career path. He will try to chart a new course for the company. analysts charting trends in the stock market See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
But as Ahmad sits comfortably atop the EDM charts with nearly 9 million monthly Spotify listeners and more than 300 million streams, have their feelings changed? Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 13 Sep. 2023 On Monday, McLeod was listed at the top of Auburn’s depth chart for jack linebackers. Matt Cohen | McOhen@al.com, al, 12 Sep. 2023 Bryan will likely have stiff competition for next week’s album chart as Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore album Guts seems primed for the top. Ethan Millman, Rolling Stone, 11 Sep. 2023 He is listed as the fourth safety on the Bills’ depth chart, per the AP. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2023 Ryan and Eva not only have a strong emotional bond, but their physical connection is off the charts, too. Naydeline Mejia, Women's Health, 10 Sep. 2023 Senior quarterback Grant Sergent, listed as the starter on the depth chart put out before the Cal Poly game, did not play for USD. Don Norcross\, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 Here are three charts that explain literacy rates in the US and abroad: UNESCO data shows that the youth literacy rate was nearly 92% worldwide in 2020 up from 77% in 1975. Sara Chernikoff, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 Explore Marc Anthony See latest videos, charts and news Marc Anthony’s Hollywood Star This week, Marc Anthony was honored with his very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 9 Sep. 2023
Verb
Most coming-of-age tales chart a course from childhood to maturity. Odie Henderson, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Sep. 2023 Their recommendations could chart the path toward more regional cooperation on water and sewer, or toward a regional water authority, altering the current balance of responsibilities between Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 14 Sep. 2023 The set, posthumously released Aug. 31 on La Ruta del Dinero/SONAR, debuts at No. 41 on the Top Latin Albums chart with 3,000 equivalent album units earned. Xander Zellner, Billboard, 13 Sep. 2023 At the same time, his career has charted across the United States at brands like Joe Boxer, American Eagle and Ralph Lauren. Devan Díaz, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2023 The run of bands that became popular during the ’00s — the Strokes, the Killers, Kings of Leon — constituted rock’s last great commercial gasp, but none of their singles charted higher than No. 4. Dan Brooks, New York Times, 12 Sep. 2023 The new song showed up on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 8 this week, marking Cyrus’s 12th top 10 single on the music charting site in her career. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 9 Sep. 2023 Oprah Winfrey and Arthur Brooks on charting a course for happiness During the pandemic, Oprah Winfrey contacted Harvard professor Arthur Brooks, famed for his lessons on happiness, and proposed teaming up to write a book about finding enjoyment and meaning in your life. David Morgan, CBS News, 7 Sep. 2023 What is obvious is that charting a course through the complexities of the 21st century demands a blueprint for societal transformation and redesign. Chandran Nair, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle French charte, from Latin charta piece of papyrus, document — more at card entry 1

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1842, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chart was circa 1560

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Cite this Entry

“Chart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chart. Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

chart

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: map entry 1
especially : one showing features (as coasts, shoals, and currents) of importance to sailors
b
: an outline map showing something (as differences in climate or magnetism) according to geography
2
: a sheet giving information in the form of a table or of lists or by means of diagrams or graphs

chart

2 of 2 verb
1
: to make a map or chart of
2
: to lay out a plan for
Etymology

Noun

from early French charte "map," from Latin charta "piece of papyrus" — related to card entry 3

Medical Definition

chart

noun
1
: a sheet giving information especially in tabular form
especially : a record of medical information for a patient
2
: graph
3
: a sheet of paper ruled and graduated for use in a recording instrument
chart transitive verb

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