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[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.
Origin of graph
1875-80; short for graphic formula; see graphic
Related forms
regraph, verb (used with object)
1. See map. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for graphs
  • There were no technical graphs of data points or tables of measured variables.
  • The appendix includes many of the equations and graphs discussed in the text.
  • Explore interactive charts, graphs and images illustrating how cloud computing works.
  • The axes on both the graphs are the same but the objects are at different coordinates.
  • Back to golf for a minute, it is interesting to view the two graphs of the back swing and downswing.
  • He presented an alternative approach to recursion theory using graphs of recursive functions as recursively enumerable sets.
  • Don't bother worrying if illustrations or graphs are on different pages than the legends that explain the meaning.
  • One of the key points of this book are the dozens of charts, graphs, and tables that a writer can use to chart writing progress.
  • Job talks in the sciences are often based on extensive data, charts, and graphs.
  • As for your link: it does not say anything about the causes or lack of causes of the temperatures it graphs.
British Dictionary definitions for graphs


/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 axes See 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
(transitive) to draw or represent in a graph
Word Origin
C19: short for graphic formula
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Word Origin and History for graphs



1878, shortening of graphic formula (see graphic). The verb meaning "charted on a graph" is from 1889. Related: Graphed; graphing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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graphs in Science
  1. 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.

  2. 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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