American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A diagram using circles to represent sets, with the position and overlap of the circles indicating the relationships between the sets.
- n. set theory A diagram representing some sets by contours of closed shapes, such as circles or ellipses (and sometimes also the universal set as a rectangle enclosing all of these shapes), and indicating the relationships between the sets: by overlapping the shapes to show that the corresponding sets have a non-empty intersection, and by possibly (but not necessarily) enclosing all of the sets (which are proper subsets of the universal set) within a universal set (represented typically by a rectangle); such that the total number of simply connected regions is , where n is the number of depicted sets which are proper subsets of the universal set.
- n. a diagram that uses circles to represent mathematical or logical sets pictorially inside a rectangle (the universal set); elements that are common to more than one set are represented by intersections of the circles
- Named after John Venn (1834–1923), British mathematician and philosopher. (Wiktionary)
- After John Venn (1834-1923), British logician. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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