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

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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 Harman shows diagrams and models that illustrate the hundreds of treatment points in dogs and cats. Deborah Storey | For Al.com, al, "Alabama vet specializes in acupuncture for pets," 11 Sep. 2019 Plans to create living walls, freestanding towers, hanging gardens and other upright plots come with a list of materials and tools needed as well as diagrams and step-by-step instructions. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "Garden book review: ‘Vertical Vegetables: Simple Projects that Deliver More Yield in Less Space’," 9 Sep. 2019 No, the whole thing, in four fat volumes, is laid out in friendly pastels with cartoon drawings and diagrams and promises of safe, walkable streets with clean air, a diverse population, and cafés serving fair-trade coffee. Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "Data is shaping the future of Dallas, but be careful what you wish for," 1 Aug. 2019 Maps, photographs, diagrams and drawings all are covered by FOIA and can be requested. Detroit Free Press, "How to use the Michigan Freedom of Information Act," 1 Aug. 2019 Below is a corresponding diagram, where the attacker is named Charlie: The other attack variation maliciously modifies a few bytes in the firmware of one of the devices. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "New Attack exploiting serious Bluetooth weakness can intercept sensitive data," 17 Aug. 2019 There follow several diagrams, calendars and charts providing guides for self-education and productive conduct. John Wilmerding, WSJ, "Between Fact and Imagination," 28 June 2019 In addition to a monument sign and directional signs pointing the way to the trail and parking, Lubich said a kiosk may be installed that could include a diagram of the trail and information about its flora and fauna. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Planners review Woodson parking, evacuation plan," 13 Sep. 2019 Below is a diagram of how the scam worked: The links in the emails led directly to the spoofed pages, a departure from a Cobalt Dickens operation from last year that relied on link shorteners. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "18 months after indictment, Iranian phishers are still targeting universities," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Eleven elders were executed in a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest attack on jewish americans in history— & there’s no way to make sense of this sentence in language. to diagram or scan it. Sam Sax, The New Republic, "L’Simcha: Tree of Life," 4 Nov. 2019 The Colorado State Patrol is assisting with diagramming the scene and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office and Boulder County Coroner’s Office are investigating the incident. Kelsey Hammon, The Denver Post, "Ten-year-old boy dies in Boulder County UTV crash," 27 Sep. 2019 Nothing brings me more existential pain than hearing from former students of tyrannical English teachers, the ones who seem to think that knowing how to diagram a sentence is more important than learning how to communicate. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, "A grammar nerd gently dismantles your arguments for rejecting the new ‘they’," 20 Sep. 2019 Coryell started scheming furiously, diagramming formations with four and five receivers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 Things to Watch: Weber State at Aztecs," 30 Aug. 2019 Alberto Cairo, chair of visual journalism at the University of Miami, reveals pitfalls in an example diagrammed here. Alberto Cairo, Scientific American, "Graphics That Seem Clear Can Easily Be Misread," 21 Aug. 2019 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

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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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27 Oct 2019

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“Diagram.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diagrammed. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for diagram

diagram

noun
How to pronounce diagram (audio)

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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