line graph


Definition of line graph

: a graph in which points representing values of a variable for suitable values of an independent variable are connected by a broken line

Examples of line graph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her daughter, who Langer's family adopted from Mexico, drew a line graph that depicted which candidate interrupted more during the first presidential debate in Ohio. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "'Hopefully it will calm down': The election is over. Now a stressed nation looks for normalcy under Joe Biden," 7 Nov. 2020 Some charts are bar graphs, some are pie charts, some are line graphs—on a few occasions, the charts are broken (e.g., a pie chart depicting a 92:8 ratio that splits 50-50). Brian Feldman,, "The Software That’s Powering All the Coronavirus Dashboards," 14 May 2020 On some dashboards, the line graphs have each data point or segment labeled, but the graph is so small that the labels bleed together, forcing the user to mouse over each pinpoint dot on the graph to find precise info. Brian Feldman,, "The Software That’s Powering All the Coronavirus Dashboards," 14 May 2020 The flight-recorder data is presented as a series of line graphs that give a clear picture of what was going on with the aircraft systems as the plane taxied on the ground, took off and flew for just 11 minutes. Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times, "Lion Air pilots struggled against Boeing’s 737 MAX flight-control system, black-box data shows," 27 Nov. 2018 In the earlier 19th century, graphs such as Bronn’s (or other kinds of visualizations, such as line graphs) were relatively novel, and their ubiquity not yet established. David Sepkoski, The Atlantic, "19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data," 14 Feb. 2018 Hamilton took one for a spin down the ice, and the data was instantaneous — line graphs along with a slew of numbers that showed his force in pounds and his stroke rate in hertz. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "Engineering Marvel of the Winter Olympics: A Broom," 6 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of line graph

circa 1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of line graph was circa 1924

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“Line graph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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