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 diagramed (audio) \; diagramming or diagraming\ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgra-​miŋ How to pronounce diagraming (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 diagrammable (audio) \ adjective
diagrammatic \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce diagrammatic (audio) \ or less commonly diagrammatical \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce diagrammatical (audio) \ adjective
diagrammatically \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce diagrammatically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for diagram

Synonyms: Noun

figure, graphic, illustration, plate, visual

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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

Here is a diagram that shows all of the initial partners: All of these companies will also let users convert Libra into regular cash, and many other companies are expected to join the coming months. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Facebook's Project Libra: 5 Things to Know About the New Cryptocurrency," 18 June 2019 Some diagrams online show one passageway narrowing to as little as 38 cm—about 15 inches—at its tightest point. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk built a “submarine” to rescue Thailand kids—here’s what it looks like," 8 July 2018 Their evolution is nicely illustrated in the above diagram. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "This towering ‘mushroom cloud’ in Alabama seems unreal. But it’s a textbook summer storm.," 14 June 2018 In 1974 Arthur Laffer, an economist, sketched a simple diagram on the back of a napkin to illustrate a truism of tax policy. The Economist, "Is there an optimal level of taxation?," 19 June 2019 Danielle Schaper also produced some very nice diagrams based on the idea that subsets of bulldogs of each color are being referred to. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘The Bulldogs That Bulldogs Fight’," 16 May 2019 Here’s a diagram showing what’s happening on a molecular scale. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 This is in any case an extremely assorted collection, as befits a crew of variegated weirdos, each with a diagram pulsating above his or her head. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, "A Crew of Variegated Weirdos," 10 Jan. 2019 On Fox News, Glenn Beck drew crazed diagrams on his blackboard linking White House aides who favored net neutrality to Marxist academics and Mao. Andrew Rice, WIRED, "This Is Ajit Pai, Nemesis of Net Neutrality," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Instead there’s a cacophonous din of competing ideas, as students convene in animated groups around communal tables, shouting out solutions while feverishly diagramming them on the whiteboards that panel the walls. Aryn Baker/mauritius, Time, "‘It’s Time Africa Had Its Own Harvard.’ Inside a University Training African Leaders to Solve African Problems," 11 June 2019 For higher-dimensional data, where each point can be defined by hundreds or thousands of values, Voronoi diagrams become too computationally intensive. Quanta Magazine, "Universal Method to Sort Complex Information Found," 13 Aug. 2018 Instead, Banks and Donnelly pour over the strange circular glyphs that form the alien's written language and practically diagram sentences on screen. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "'Arrival' Is a Mind-Blowing Movie About One Long Conversation," 11 Nov. 2016 The English part of me wants to start diagramming all of those sentences. Fox News, "Lessons from Tuesday's election results," 9 Aug. 2018 This is where Roberson started diagramming those rotations on the table. SI.com, "Breakaway: How Does an NBA Team Replace the Irreplaceable?," 7 Feb. 2018 Starting in November 2016, the yacht went on a whirlwind voyage, all of it on paper, in a feat of asset protection and financial engineering so elaborate that the judge diagramed it in an April ruling. David Segal, New York Times, "A Russian Oligarch’s $500 Million Yacht Is in the Middle of Britain’s Costliest Divorce," 6 June 2018 Johnson also spent plenty of time in the classroom, learning to better identify and diagram defenses on command. Tom Green, AL.com, "Take a behind-the-scenes look at former Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson's pre-NFL Draft training," 25 Apr. 2018 The bookshelves are stuffed mostly with biographies, plus a coffee table tome diagramming Tour de France routes. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "The Legend of Z: Zdeno Chara Remains Obsessed in His Pursuit of Outsized Excellence," 3 Apr. 2018

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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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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, plan, or chart that makes something clearer or easier to understand

diagram

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

Kids Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put in the form of a drawing, plan, or chart The coach diagrammed the new play.

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