1. A map showing coastlines, water depths, or other information of use to navigators.
2. An outline map on which specific information, such as scientific data, can be plotted.
3. A sheet presenting information in the form of graphs or tables.
4. See graph1.
5. often charts A listing of best-selling recorded music or other items: A hit single that reached number 3 on the charts.
v. chart·ed, chart·ing, charts
1. To make a chart of.
2. To plan (something) in detail: is charting a course to destruction.
To be ranked on a chart of best-selling items: a song that charted at the number one position last week.
[Obsolete French charte, from Latin charta, sheet of paper made from papyrus; see CARD1.]
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