Meaning of CHART in English


I. chart 1 S3 W3 AC /tʃɑːt $ tʃɑːrt/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Language: French ; Origin: charte , from Latin charta 'piece of papyrus, document' , from Greek chartes ]

1 . information that is clearly arranged in the form of a simple picture, set of figures, ↑ graph etc, or a piece of paper with this information on it SYN diagram :

a chart showing last year’s sales

a weather chart

the theatre’s seating chart

⇨ ↑ bar chart , ↑ flow chart , ↑ pie chart

2 . the charts the lists, which come out weekly, of the most popular records:

Her new single went straight to number one in the pop charts.

Brooks again topped the charts (=was the most popular) .

chart hit/success/star etc

the Beatles’ first chart hit

3 . a detailed map, especially of an area of the sea or the stars

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)

■ types of charts

▪ the pop charts

Their new single went straight to number 1 in the pop charts.

▪ the singles charts (=of CDs that have only one song on them)

The song reached number 9 in the singles charts.

▪ the album charts (=of CDs that have several songs on them)

This put Marley into the album charts for the first time.

▪ the indie charts (=of music produced by small independent record companies)

The song went straight to the top of the indie charts.

■ verbs

▪ be in the charts

The song was in the charts for weeks.

▪ go into/enter the charts

The album entered the UK charts at number 2.

▪ hit the charts (=enter the charts)

The group eventually hit the charts.

▪ top the charts/be top of the charts

‘Without You’ topped the British charts for five weeks.

■ chart + NOUN

▪ a chart hit (=a song or album in the charts)

At last the band had got a chart hit.

▪ chart success

It looks like they are set for chart success.

■ phrases

▪ number 1/5/15 etc in the charts

In 1962 'Love Me Do' reached only number 17 in the charts.

II. chart 2 AC BrE AmE verb

1 . [transitive] to record information about a situation or set of events over a period of time, in order to see how it changes or develops:

Scientists have been charting temperature changes in the oceans.

2 . [transitive] to make a plan of what should be done to achieve a particular result:

Each team was responsible for making its own decisions and charting its own course.

3 . [transitive] to make a map of an area of land, sea, or stars, or to draw lines on a map to show where you have travelled ⇨ uncharted

4 . [intransitive] if a record charts, it enters the weekly list of the most popular records:

Their next single didn’t chart.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.