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Venn diagram

noun Mathematics, Symbolic Logic.
  1. a diagram that uses circles to represent sets and their relationships.
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Origin of Venn diagram

1940–45; named after John Venn (1834–1923), English logician
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British Dictionary definitions for venn diagram

Venn diagram

  1. maths logic a diagram in which mathematical sets or terms of a categorial statement are represented by overlapping circles within a boundary representing the universal set, so that all possible combinations of the relevant properties are represented by the various distinct areas in the diagram
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Word Origin

C19: named after John Venn (1834–1923), English logician
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Word Origin and History for venn diagram

Venn diagram


1884, named for English logician John Venn (1834-1923) of Cambridge, who explained them in the book "Symbolic Logic" (1881).

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venn diagram in Science

Venn diagram

  1. A diagram that uses circles to represent sets, in which the relations between the sets are indicated by the arrangement of the circles. For example, drawing one circle within another indicates that the set represented by the first circle is a subset of the second set. The Venn diagram is named after its inventor, British mathematician John Venn (1834-1923).
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