map

noun
\ˈmap \

Definition of map 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a : a representation usually on a flat surface of the whole or a part of an area

b : a representation of the celestial sphere or a part of it

c : a diagram or other visual representation that shows the relative position of the parts of something Doctors use the images to construct a detailed three-dimensional map of the patient's brain …Discover

2 : something that represents with a clarity suggestive of a map the Freudian map of the mind— Harold Bloom

3 : the arrangement of genes on a chromosome

called also genetic map

all over the map

: marked by a high degree of variation

on the map

: in a position of prominence or fame had put the fledgling university on the map— Lon Tinkle

map

verb
mapped; mapping

Definition of map (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to make a map of map the surface of the moon

b : to delineate as if on a map sorrow was mapped on her face

c : to make a survey of for or as if for the purpose of making a map

d : to assign (something, such as a set or an element) in a mathematical or exact correspondence map picture elements to video memory

2 : to plan in detail often used with out map out a program

3 : to locate (a gene) on a chromosome

intransitive verb

1 of a gene : to be located

2 : to be assigned in a relation or connection the major problems confronting humankind … do not map well onto the traditional disciplines— P. W. Porter

Definition of MAP (Entry 3 of 4)

modified American plan

Map

biographical name
\ˈmap \

Definition of Map (Entry 4 of 4)

Walter circa 1140–circa 1209 English writer

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Other Words from map

Noun

maplike \ˈmap-ˌlīk \ adjective

Verb

mappable \ˈma-pə-bəl \ adjective
mapper noun

Synonyms for map

Synonyms: Noun

chart

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Examples of map in a Sentence

Noun

a map of the country different maps of the world “Can you find where we are on the map?” “Sorry: I'm no good at reading maps.” “How do I get to the station?” “Here, let me draw you a map.” a map of the brain

Verb

The coastline was mapped by early explorers.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The tweet was accompanied by a map accusing Iran of sponsoring at least 11 terrorist attacks in Europe since 1978. Matthew Lee, Fox News, "Pompeo presses Europe to get tough on Iran," 13 July 2018 The Downtown Louisville Partnership has created a map that outlines where to park, where not to park and how to get around downtown on the city’s free shuttle system, LouLift. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Where to park and find free rides in Louisville during Forecastle," 13 July 2018 There’s no telling when Iran may try to foment terrorism, violence & instability in one of our countries next.’’ The tweet was accompanied by a map accusing Iran of sponsoring at least 11 terrorist attacks in Europe since 1978. Matthew Lee, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says there ‘might be an escalation’ between US, Iran," 12 July 2018 Pleasantville is one of those long-forgotten, never-heard-of-it little towns that dot the map all over Indiana. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "An Indiana gym gem: Restoration of Pleasantville gym a pleasant surprise," 12 July 2018 There's a missile launch to investigate and mysterious rifts appearing over the map. Alyssa Newcomb And Peter Maguire /, NBC News, "Video game 'Fortnite' is raking in millions and taking over the real world," 12 July 2018 Inagua The Bahamas Directions Get directions to this location on Google Maps. Saved Save Save this place onto your Google map. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Coast Guard medevacs 89-year-old off Carnival cruise ship as it heads for Jamaica," 10 July 2018 This will include a fifth public hearing on the district election maps. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "On the agenda, July 8," 8 July 2018 The Houston TranStar traffic map currently identifies a northbound road closure at the site of the accident. Victoria Cheyne, Houston Chronicle, "Car flips, crashes into toll both in NW Harris County," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The hard-charging lunch ride that leaves from Panache cycling apparel HQ on Thursdays features dedicated throwdown (attack!) sections mapped out beforehand so the group can stay together (and safer) on busier stretches. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "The Troubling Rise of the Ghost Bike," 9 July 2018 But Atkiss was in Riyadh for something else: A volunteer role as the White House’s on-the-ground logistics lead mapping out Trump’s schedule at a summit with leaders of 55 Arab and Muslim countries. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: A poll commissioned by Bush and Biden shows Americans losing confidence in democracy," 26 June 2018 Senate Republicans have begun mapping out their strategy for getting President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh confirmed. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Supreme Court Fight: Seven Senators to Watch," 10 July 2018 On Friday, huddles of Northwestern students studying physical therapy and engineering tested the cars’ speeds, took measurements and mapped out the necessary modifications. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Northwestern students give 'freedom' by retrofitting motorized cars for kids with disabilities," 1 July 2018 And so Messi, whose entire life seems to be mapped out in constant comparison with Cristiano Ronaldo, became once again the center of the story. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Lionel Messi, Argentina Left Frustrated After Being Denied in Iceland Draw," 16 June 2018 David Silva Team: Spain Age: 32 Instagram: @david21lva Known for: The midfielder with killer cheekbones is one of Spain’s greatest assets thanks to his unstoppable stamina and ability to map out plays and passes that lead to goals. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "15 Very Attractive Reasons to Watch the 2018 World Cup," 13 June 2018 Starbucks’ noble gestures also sit opposed to its corporate practices, mapping out the limits of corporate social responsibility. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Howard Schultz’s Third Way," 6 June 2018 Pitt had worked as a consultant for law enforcement across the country, helping investigators understand the dynamics between suspects and victims and map out interrogation strategies. NBC News, "High-profile forensic psychiatrist shot dead outside Phoenix office," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of map

Noun

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for map

Noun

Medieval Latin mappa, from Latin, napkin, towel

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map

noun

English Language Learners Definition of map

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a picture or chart that shows the rivers, mountains, streets, etc., in a particular area

: a picture or chart that shows the different parts of something

map

verb

English Language Learners Definition of map (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a map of (something)

: to plan the details of (something)

map

noun
\ˈmap \

Kids Definition of map

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a picture or chart that shows the features of an area a street map a map of Africa

2 : a picture or chart of the sky showing the position of stars and planets

map

verb
mapped; mapping

Kids Definition of map (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make a map of Astronomers are working to map the heavens.

2 : to plan in detail …I had not mapped out a scheme for determining the merits of officers…— Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee

map

noun
\ˈmap \

Medical Definition of map 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: the arrangement of genes on a chromosome

called also genetic map

map

verb
mapped; mapping

Medical Definition of map (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to locate (a gene) on a chromosome mutants which have been genetically mapped

intransitive verb

of a gene : to be located a repressor maps near the corresponding structural gene

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