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  1. a sheet exhibiting information in tabular form.
  2. a graphic representation, as by curves, of a dependent variable, as temperature, price, etc.; graph.
  3. a map, especially a hydrographic or marine map.
  4. an outline map showing special conditions or facts: a weather chart.
  5. Astrology. horoscope(def 1).
  6. Jazz. a musical arrangement.
  7. 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)
  1. to make a chart of.
  2. to plan: to chart a course of action.
  3. Informal. to rank in the charts: The new song gets charted number four this week.
  1. 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 formschart·a·ble, adjectivepre·chart, verb (used with object)pre·chart·ed, adjectivere·chart, verb (used with object)well-chart·ed, adjective
Can be confusedcharted chartered

Synonyms for chart

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3. See map. 9. draft, outline, draw up. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for charting

Contemporary Examples of charting

Historical Examples of charting

  • "It would be helpful in charting our course," I admitted, smiling.

    The Death-Traps of FX-31

    Sewell Peaslee Wright

  • And you can prove that in a trice by charting it on the same old basis.

    The Knack of Managing

    Lewis K. Urquhart and Herbert Watson

  • These look after the special diet, and the carrying out of orders in all the wards and the charting of records.

  • In two years another was seen, in the course of charting the region of the heavens traversed by Ceres and Pallas.

  • Charting and cataloguing the stars, both visually and photographically, is a work that will never be entirely finished.


    David Todd

British Dictionary definitions for charting


  1. a map designed to aid navigation by sea or air
  2. an outline map, esp one on which weather information is plotted
  3. a sheet giving graphical, tabular, or diagrammatical information
  4. another name for graph (def. 1)
  5. astrology another word for horoscope (def. 3)
  6. the charts informal the lists produced weekly from various sources of the bestselling pop singles and albums or the most popular videos
  1. (tr) to make a chart of
  2. (tr) to make a detailed plan of
  3. (tr) to plot or outline the course of
  4. (intr) (of a record or video) to appear in the charts (sense 6)
Derived Formschartable, adjective

Word Origin for chart

C16: from Latin, from Greek khartēs papyrus, literally: something on which to make marks; related to Greek kharattein to engrave
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Word Origin and History for charting



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.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

charting in Medicine


  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.
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