diagram

noun
di·​a·​gram | \ ˈdī-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce diagram (audio) \

Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a graphic design that explains rather than represents especially : a drawing that shows arrangement and relations (as of parts)
2 : a line drawing made for mathematical or scientific purposes

diagram

verb
diagrammed or diagramed\ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgramd How to pronounce diagram (audio) \; diagramming or diagraming\ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgra-​miŋ How to pronounce diagram (audio) \

Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to represent by or put into the form of a diagram diagram a sentence diagram a football play

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Other Words from diagram

Noun

diagrammable \ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgra-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce diagram (audio) \ adjective
diagrammatic \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce diagram (audio) \ or less commonly diagrammatical \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce diagram (audio) \ adjective
diagrammatically \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce diagram (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for diagram

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of diagram in a Sentence

Noun a diagram of the nervous system This diagram shows how the clock operates. Verb The coach diagrammed the new play on the blackboard. The students were required to diagram a sentence.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Moderna and Pfizer's coronavirus vaccines function in the same way as the mRNA diagram Zaks presented. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, 28 May 2021 Here’s a diagram showing the three important locations: the starting positions for ball A and B, and the collision point. Rhett Allain, Wired, 10 May 2021 Banerjee reviewed the sealed autopsy, the police surveillance reports, photos from the scene, ballistics analysis, and other pieces of the investigation, and drew a body diagram to interpret Taylor’s last moments. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Mar. 2021 The drawing in question is a diagram of Upper Hell — the first five circles Dante ventures through in the Inferno with his guide, the Roman poet Virgil. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 4 May 2021 The tool combines a smartphone camera, an app and a ring with a sensor to narrate the part of a diagram touched with the sensor ring. Rana Wehbe Watson, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2021 In the configuration shown in the diagram above, the large masses would make the stick rotate clockwise (as seen from above). Rhett Allain, Wired, 8 Mar. 2021 At the center of his diagram is the face of the sun, with spiky rays issuing forth. Alan Lightman, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2021 According to a diagram of the collision shown by the sheriffs department, there were four areas of impact. Kevin Draper, New York Times, 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This meant that production sound mixer David Wyman had to diagram a number of different communication techniques to record the dialogue and allow the actors to hear any off-camera lines no matter where they were performed on set. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2021 Better than that, the coaches have the ability to place an inset on the screen diagramming plays Deer Park will want to employ next season. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, 16 Apr. 2020 His stiff-necked sense of authenticity and his self-confidence in his salesman’s ability to close the deal make his every burst of oratory a daunting challenge to those who diagram sentences. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2020 Drawings at the time, produced as part of the city’s environmental review process, diagramed the heart of the Western Yard as a greensward with a lawn passing beneath the High Line and spilling to 12th Avenue at West 30th Street. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2020 Even after squandering a 15-point lead and allowing the Pistons to surge in front Tuesday night, the brief review allowed the Cavs to diagram a play. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 8 Jan. 2020 And don’t worry, the set comes complete with a handy how-to diagram for any facial tool newcomers. Tanisha Pina, NBC News, 7 Dec. 2019 Position groups did their own things, with safeties coach Joe Harasymiak asking players to diagram Xs and Os on the white big board. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 29 Nov. 2019 Each layer of the neural network makes multiple, parallel connections between certain words while ignoring others — akin to a student diagramming a sentence in elementary school. Quanta Magazine, 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of diagram

Noun

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diagram

Noun

Greek diagramma, from diagraphein to mark out by lines, from dia- + graphein to write — more at carve

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The first known use of diagram was in 1619

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3 Jun 2021

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“Diagram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diagram. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for diagram

diagram

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drawing that explains or shows the parts of something

diagram

verb

English Language Learners Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to show or explain (something) in a diagram

diagram

noun
di·​a·​gram | \ ˈdī-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce diagram (audio) \

Kids Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drawing that explains or shows parts of something

diagram

verb
diagrammed or diagramed\ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgramd \; diagramming or diagraming\ -​ˌgra-​miŋ \

Kids Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

: to show or explain in a drawing The coach diagrammed the new play.

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