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noun Statistics.
  1. a graph of a frequency distribution in which rectangles with bases on the horizontal axis are given widths equal to the class intervals and heights equal to the corresponding frequencies.
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Origin of histogram

First recorded in 1890–95; histo- + -gram1
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Related Words for histogram

histogram, diagram

Examples from the Web for histogram

Historical Examples of histogram

  • If it turns out to be spam, you adjust the "spam" histogram accordingly.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • A histogram showing the distribution of these in total cost is given in Figure 13.

  • The shape of the histogram (Fig. 5) indicates that some breeding for which records are lacking occurs earlier in May.

    The Breeding Birds of Kansas

    Richard F. Johnston

  • Eighty-eight records of breeding from northwestern Kansas make a histogram almost exactly duplicating the one from Cloud County.

    The Breeding Birds of Kansas

    Richard F. Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for histogram


  1. a statistical graph that represents the frequency of values of a quantity by vertical rectangles of varying heights and widths. The width of the rectangles is in proportion to the class interval under consideration, and their areas represent the relative frequency of the phenomenon in questionSee also stem-and-leaf diagram
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Word Origin for histogram

C20: perhaps from histo (ry) + -gram
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Word Origin and History for histogram


1891, from histo- + -gram.

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