AskDefine | Define diagram

Dictionary Definition

diagram n : a drawing intended to explain how something works; a drawing showing the relation between the parts v : make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows how things work or how they are constructed [syn: plot] [also: diagramming, diagrammed]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˈdaɪəgræm/


From diagramme, from diagramma.


  1. A plan, drawing, sketch or outline to show how something works, or show the relationships between the parts of a whole; electrical diagrams show device interconnections [see schematics].
  2. a graphic representation of an algebraic or geometric relationship
  3. A graph or chart


graphic representation
graph or chart


  1. To represent or indicate something using a diagram.



  1. diagram

Derived terms



  1. diagram

Extensive Definition

The word graph is often used as a synonym for diagram.

Main diagram types

There are at least the following types of diagrams:
Thousands of diagram techniques exist. Some more examples follow.

Specific diagram types






  • Martin ERD
  • Mind map – used for learning, brainstorming, memory, visual thinking and problem solving





See also

diagram in Czech: Diagram
diagram in German: Diagramm
diagram in Modern Greek (1453-): Διάγραμμα
diagram in Spanish: Diagrama
diagram in Persian: نمودار
diagram in French: Diagramme
diagram in Ido: Diagramo
diagram in Italian: Diagramma
diagram in Dutch: Diagram
diagram in Norwegian: Diagram
diagram in Polish: Diagram
diagram in Portuguese: Diagrama
diagram in Slovenian: Diagram
diagram in Finnish: Diagrammi
diagram in Swedish: Diagram

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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