from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators.
  • noun An outline map on which specific information, such as scientific data, can be plotted.
  • noun A sheet presenting information in the form of graphs or tables.
  • noun A listing of best-selling recorded music or other items.
  • intransitive verb To make a chart of.
  • intransitive verb To plan (something) in detail.
  • intransitive verb To be ranked on a chart of best-selling items.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To lay down or delineate on a chart or map; map out: as, to chart a coast.
  • To make charts.
  • noun map; a draft or projection on paper of some part of the earth's surface; specifically, a hydrographical or marine map showing the coasts, islands, rocks, banks, channels, or entrances into harbors, rivers, and bays, the points of the compass, soundings or depth of water, etc., to regulate the courses of ships in their voyages.
  • noun A sheet of any kind on which information is exhibited in a methodical or tabulated form: as, a historical chart; a genealogical chart; a chart of the kings of England.
  • noun A written deed or charter.
  • noun See projection.
  • noun Synonyms Chart, Map. As the words are commonly used, a chart is a draft of some navigable water with its connected land-surface; a map is a draft of some portion of land with its connected water-surface, either as a separate work or as a division of a general geographical atlas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A sheet of paper, pasteboard, or the like, on which information is exhibited, esp. when the information is arranged in tabular form.
  • noun A map; esp., a hydrographic or marine map; a map on which is projected a portion of water and the land which it surrounds, or by which it is surrounded, intended especially for the use of seamen.
  • noun A written deed; a charter.
  • noun a chart constructed on a globular projection. See under Globular.
  • noun a map of the sun with its spots.
  • noun a chart constructed on the principle of Mercator's projection. See Projection.
  • noun a representation of some part of the superficies of the globe, in which its spherical form is disregarded, the meridians being drawn parallel to each other, and the parallels of latitude at equal distances.
  • noun a map representing the surface of the moon.
  • noun a minute delineation of a limited place or region.
  • transitive verb To lay down in a chart; to map; to delineate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A map.
  • noun A systematic non-narrative presentation of data.
  • noun topology A subspace of a manifold used as part of an atlas
  • verb transitive To draw a chart or map of.
  • verb transitive To draw or figure out (a route or plan).
  • verb transitive To record systematically.
  • verb intransitive To appear on a hit-recording chart.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a map designed to assist navigation by air or sea
  • verb represent by means of a graph
  • verb plan in detail
  • noun a visual display of information
  • verb make a chart of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Obsolete French charte, from Latin charta, sheet of paper made from papyrus; see card.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French charte ("card, map"), from Late Latin charta ("paper, card, map"), Latin ("papyrus, writing"), from Ancient Greek χάρτης (khartes, "papyrus, thin sheet")


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