[ graf, grahf ]
/ græf, grɑf /


a diagram representing a system of connections or interrelations among two or more things by a number of distinctive dots, lines, bars, etc.
  1. a series of points, discrete or continuous, as in forming a curve or surface, each of which represents a value of a given function.
  2. Also called linear graph. a network of lines connecting points.
a written symbol for an idea, a sound, or a linguistic expression.

verb (used with object)

Mathematics. to draw (a curve) as representing a given function.
to represent by means of a graph.

Nearby words

  1. grapes of wrath, the,
  2. grapeshot,
  3. grapestone,
  4. grapevine,
  5. grapey,
  6. graph paper,
  7. graph theory,
  8. graph-,
  9. graphalloy,
  10. graphanesthesia

Origin of graph

1875–80; short for graphic formula; see graphic

Related formsre·graph, verb (used with object)


variant of grapho- before a vowel: grapheme.


a combining form meaning “drawn,” “written” (lithograph; monograph); specialized in meaning to indicate the instrument rather than the written product of the instrument (telegraph; phonograph).

Origin of -graph

< Greek -graphos (something) drawn or written, one who draws or writes. See grapho- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for graph


/ (ɡrɑːf, ɡræf) /


Also called: chart a drawing depicting the relation between certain sets of numbers or quantities by means of a series of dots, lines, etc, plotted with reference to a set of axesSee also bar graph
maths a drawing depicting a functional relation between two or three variables by means of a curve or surface containing only those points whose coordinates satisfy the relation
maths a structure represented by a diagram consisting of points (vertices) joined by lines (edges)
linguistics a symbol in a writing system not further subdivisible into other such symbols


(tr) to draw or represent in a graph

Word Origin for graph

C19: short for graphic formula


n combining form

an instrument that writes or recordstelegraph
a writing, record, or drawingautograph; lithograph
Derived Forms-graphic or -graphical, adj combining form-graphically, adv combining form

Word Origin for -graph

via Latin from Greek -graphos, from graphein to write

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Word Origin and History for graph
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Medicine definitions for graph



An instrument for writing, drawing, or recording:cardiograph.

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Science definitions for graph


[ grăf ]

A diagram showing the relationship of quantities, especially such a diagram in which lines, bars, or proportional areas represent how one quantity depends on or changes with another.
A curve or line showing a mathematical function or equation, typically drawn in a Cartesian coordinate system. The graph of the function y = x2 is a parabola.
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