chart


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Wikipedia.

chart,

term referring to mapsmap,
conventionalized representation of spatial phenomena on a plane surface. Unlike photographs, maps are selective and may be prepared to show various quantitative and qualitative facts, including boundaries, physical features, patterns, and distribution.
..... Click the link for more information.
 prepared for marine navigation and for air navigation. All charts show, in some convenient scalescale,
in cartography, the ratio of the distance between two points on a map to the real distance between the two corresponding points portrayed. The scale may be expressed in three ways: numerically, as a ratio or a fraction, e.g., 1:100,000 or 1-100,000; verbally, e.g.
..... Click the link for more information.
, geographic features useful to the navigator, as well as indications of direction, e.g., true north (the direction of the geographic North Pole), magnetic north (the direction indicated by the north-seeking end of a magnetic compass needle), and magnetic declination (the difference between these two directions). Data shown on marine charts include the outline and nature of coasts, with landmarks; currents and undercurrents (both direction and force); winds; tides; location and type of lighthouses, buoys, beacons, and lightships; position of rocks, bars, reefs, shoals, wrecks, or other dangers; contour and nature of bottom (mud, sand, rock, or gravel); and depth. Depth is indicated in great detail in harbors and shallow and intricate waterways; the value indicated is usually that at mean low water. Most national governments publish charts of their coasts and harbors; the British admiralty has done the most work along these lines. In the United States the Coast and Geodetic Survey and the Hydrographic Office of the Dept. of the Navy issue charts; these are drawn using the gnomonic or Mercator map projectionsmap projection,
transfer of the features of the surface of the earth or another spherical body onto a flat sheet of paper. Only a globe can represent accurately the shape, orientation, and relative area of the earth's surface features; any projection produces distortion with
..... Click the link for more information.
. Aeronautical charts show natural or man-made surface features by the use of various symbols. These charts give locations of radio-navigation stations and graphic representations of the directional information they broadcast; radio communication channels of airports and spacecraft centers; standard flight paths; and dangerous or forbidden areas (e.g., certain military installations). Elevations on the earth's surface are indicated by contour lines. The U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey issues many kinds of aeronautical charts.

chart

[chärt]
(mapping)
A map, generally designed for navigation or other particular purposes, in which essential map information is combined with various other data critical to the intended use.
To prepare a chart or to engage in a charting operation.
(mathematics)
An n-chart is a pair (U, h), where U is an open set of a topological space and h is a homeomorphism of U onto an open subset of n-dimensional Euclidean space.
(science and technology)
A form, such as a graph, table, or diagram, which gives information about some variable quantity.

chart

A map representing a given surface of the earth and specially designed for sea or air navigation. Aeronautical charts, in which only coastlines, some contours, water, woods, and some aeronautical information (including air routes and airfields) are shown, are the most commonly used. (see page 144)

chart

1. a map designed to aid navigation by sea or air
2. an outline map, esp one on which weather information is plotted
3. a sheet giving graphical, tabular, or diagrammatical information
4. another name for graph
5. Astrology another word for horoscope
References in classic literature ?
Do you mean Pendragon's chart of his Pacific Islands?
You thought it was a chart of the Pacific Islands," answered Brown.
Here is Moerenhout Island," Captain Davenport pointed it out on the chart, which he had spread on the house.
The chart indicates a group of islands, but not how many, off there to the north'ard, or nor'-nor'westward, about forty miles--the Acteon Islands.
Well, then, he barked suddenly, like an excited terrier, "the chart gives a whole mess of islands off to the nor'west.
All these islands, reefs, shoals, lagoons, entrances, and distances were marked on the chart of his memory.
Captain Davenport queried, raising his head from the chart.
He ceased and gazed solicitously at Captain Davenport, who, bending over the chart with a pair of dividers in hand, had just emitted a low groan.
Konig, surreptitiously consulting chart and binnacle, and McCoy, openly and innocently consulting the binnacle, knew that they were running for Hao Island.
Captain Davenport consulted the chart and debated with himself.
You remember that we saw the name upon the chart in Captain Morstan's possession.
These are the official seamarks for the patch of trust- worthy bottom represented on the Admiralty charts by an irregular oval of dots enclosing several fig- ures six, with a tiny anchor engraved among them, and the legend "mud and shells" over all.