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[his-tuh-gram] /ˈhɪs təˌgræm/
noun, Statistics.
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.
Origin of histogram
1890-95; histo- + -gram1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for histogram
  • It's not clear, though, if the same adjustments were made to both the line plot and the histogram but probably were.
  • The results are basically a histogram where you compare size versus frequency.
  • The cool thing is the histogram it displays showing the distribution of both the particle energies and particle speeds.
  • The histogram record is used to store frequency counts of a signal into an array of arbitrary length.
  • The default histogram type is a frequency percent histogram.
  • Plot a probability size distribution histogram on a logarithmic basis on the graph shown below.
  • The second histogram is a sample from a double exponential distribution.
British Dictionary definitions for histogram


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 question See also stem-and-leaf diagram
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from histo(ry) + -gram
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Word Origin and History for histogram

1891, from histo- + -gram.

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