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[chahrt] /tʃɑrt/
a sheet exhibiting information in tabular form.
a graphic representation, as by curves, of a dependent variable, as temperature, price, etc.; graph.
a map, especially a hydrographic or marine map.
an outline map showing special conditions or facts:
a weather chart.
Astrology. horoscope (def 1).
Jazz. a musical arrangement.
the charts, ratings of the popularity of popular-music records, usually based on nationwide sales for a given week:
Their album is number three on the charts this week.
verb (used with object)
to make a chart of.
to plan:
to chart a course of action.
Informal. to rank in the charts:
The new song gets charted number four this week.
off the charts, greatly exceeding the general level or average:
Demand for the new phone is off the charts.
Also, off the chart.
Origin of chart
1565-75; < Middle French charte < Latin c(h)arta; see charta
Related forms
chartable, adjective
prechart, verb (used with object)
precharted, adjective
rechart, verb (used with object)
well-charted, adjective
Can be confused
charted, chartered.
3. See map. 9. draft, outline, draw up. Unabridged
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  • These look after the special diet, and the carrying out of orders in all the wards and the charting of records.

    Notable Women Of Modern China Margaret E. Burton
  • In two years another was seen, in the course of charting the region of the heavens traversed by Ceres and Pallas.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • "It would be helpful in charting our course," I admitted, smiling.

    The Death-Traps of FX-31 Sewell Peaslee Wright
  • Centuries of the work of astronomers have been faithfully devoted to mapping or charting the stars and cataloguing them.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • Excluding Alaska and a very small area besides, all the work of mapping and charting our coasts has been completed.

British Dictionary definitions for charting


a map designed to aid navigation by sea or air
an outline map, esp one on which weather information is plotted
a sheet giving graphical, tabular, or diagrammatical information
another name for graph (sense 1)
(astrology) another word for horoscope (sense 3)
(informal) the charts, the lists produced weekly from various sources of the bestselling pop singles and albums or the most popular videos
(transitive) to make a chart of
(transitive) to make a detailed plan of
(transitive) to plot or outline the course of
(intransitive) (of a record or video) to appear in the charts (sense 6)
Derived Forms
chartable, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from Greek khartēs papyrus, literally: something on which to make marks; related to Greek kharattein to engrave
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for charting



1570s, "map for the use of navigators," from Middle French charte "card, map," from Late Latin charta "paper, card, map" (see card (n.1)).

Charte is the original form of the French word in all senses, but after 14c. (perhaps by influence of Italian cognate carta), carte began to supplant it. English used both carte and card 15c.-17c. for "chart, map," and in 17c. chart could mean "playing card," but the words have gone their separate ways and chart has predominated since in the "map" sense. In the music score sense from 1957.


1837, "to enter onto a map or chart," from chart (n.). In the commercial recording sense, a reference to appearing on the "Billboard" magazine music popularity chart is by 1961. The chart itself was printed from c.1942. Related: Charted; charting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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charting in Medicine

chart (chärt)

  1. A recording, in tabular form, of clinical data relating to a case.

  2. A group of symbols of graduated size for measuring visual acuity.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for charting



  1. Figures and other material showing past performance, esp of a race horse; form, track record (1940s+ Horse racing)
  2. A musical arrangement or score (1950s+ Cool musicians)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for charting


continuous hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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