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

  • n. A map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators.
  • n. An outline map on which specific information, such as scientific data, can be plotted.
  • n. A sheet presenting information in the form of graphs or tables.
  • n. See graph1.
  • n. A listing of best-selling recorded music or other items. Often used in the plural: A hit single that reached number 3 on the charts.
  • transitive v. To make a chart of.
  • transitive v. To plan (something) in detail: is charting a course to destruction.
  • intransitive v. To be ranked on a chart of best-selling items: a song that charted at the number one position last week.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sheet of paper, pasteboard, or the like, on which information is exhibited, esp. when the information is arranged in tabular form.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A written deed; a charter.
  • transitive v. To lay down in a chart; to map; to delineate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To lay down or delineate on a chart or map; map out: as, to chart a coast.
  • To make charts.
  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A written deed or charter.
  • n. See projection.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a map designed to assist navigation by air or sea
  • v. represent by means of a graph
  • v. plan in detail
  • n. a visual display of information
  • v. 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 card1.

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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