# diagram

diagram
diagram di‧a‧gram [ˈdaɪəgræm] noun [countable]
a drawing or plan that shows where something is, what it looks like, or how it works:

• See the attached diagram for details on current market projections.

• a diagram of the electrical system

ˈblock ˌdiagram
a diagram that shows the relationship between the parts of a system, process, machine etc. The diagram consists of a series of shapes such as squares or circles
ˈfishbone ˌdiagram also Ishikawa diagram [ˌɪʆɪˈkɑːwə ˌdaɪəgræm] , ˌcause and efˈfect ˌdiagram
a drawing that is used for finding the most likely causes for a problem or an unwanted effect
ˈscatter ˌdiagram STATISTICS
a diagram that shows the relationship between two sets of quantities using dot S (= small points) drawn between two lines, one going up and one going across, each representing one of the quantities

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diagram UK US /ˈdaɪəgræm/ noun [C] GRAPHS & CHARTS
a drawing that explains how a system, machine, process, plan, etc., operates or is organized: »

As the diagram shows, a complex arrangement has been designed to balance French, German, and Spanish interests.

draw (sb) a diagram of sth »

The mechanic drew me a diagram of the brake balance.

See also BLOCK DIAGRAM(Cf. ↑block diagram), CAUSE AND EFFECT DIAGRAM(Cf. ↑cause and effect diagram), FISHBONE DIAGRAM(Cf. ↑fishbone diagram), FLOW DIAGRAM(Cf. ↑flow diagram), ISHIKAWA DIAGRAM(Cf. ↑Ishikawa diagram), SCATTER DIAGRAM(Cf. ↑scatter diagram)

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• diagram — [dī′ə gram΄] n. [Gr diagramma < diagraphein, to mark out by lines, draw < dia (see DIA ) + graphein, to write (see GRAPHIC)] 1. a geometric figure, used to illustrate a mathematical statement, proof, etc. 2. a sketch, drawing, or plan that… …   English World dictionary

• Diagram — Di a*gram, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to mark out by lines; dia through + ? to draw, write: cf. F. diagramme. See {Graphic}.] 1. (Geom.) A figure or drawing made to illustrate a statement, or facilitate a demonstration; a plan. [1913 Webster] 2. Any simple …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

• Diagram — Di a*gram, v. t. To put into the form of a diagram. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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• diagram — (n.) 1610s, from Fr. diagramme, from L. diagramma, from Gk. diagramma geometric figure, that which is marked out by lines, from diagraphein mark out by lines, delineate, from dia across, out (see DIA (Cf. dia )) + graphein write, mark, draw (see… …   Etymology dictionary

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• diagram — [n] drawing, sketch of form or plan big picture*, blueprint, chart, description, design, draft, figure, floor plan, game, game plan, ground plan, layout, outline, perspective, representation, rough draft; concepts 625,660 …   New thesaurus