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

This, in turn, forms the basis to translate variable magnetic readings into the permanent notion of North that's present on a map. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Government Shutdown Is Messing with North," 15 Jan. 2019 This important expedition would influence the shape of the United States, on the map and as an economic power. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 2019 Kaokoland, in the remote northwest of Namibia, slept undisturbed, a place few people could point to on a map. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 And these smaller pools of players drop onto the battlefield by selecting a spot on the map before a match even begins, thus guaranteeing that every match's combatants land a certain distance from each other. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Counter-Strike GO becomes F2P, adds a shrunken battle royale mode," 6 Dec. 2018 Federal judges have twice ruled the congressional map violated protections for Democratic voters. Gary D. Robertson, The Seattle Times, "Excessive partisanship claimed in North Carolina maps suit," 13 Nov. 2018 In both cases, a Republican state legislature had drawn a map that, according to opponents, gave Republican candidates an unfair advantage in the state. Bernard Grofman, Washington Post, "This might be the way to prove partisan gerrymandering, according to the new Supreme Court standard," 9 July 2018 Stifling, record-setting heat covered much of San Diego County Friday, but the desert wasn’t the hottest spot on the map. J. Harry Jones, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hottest place in the county Friday? It wasn't the desert," 6 July 2018 However, a handful started the convention huddled in a private meeting focused exclusively on redrawing Idaho's congressional and legislative district maps. Kimberlee Kruesi, idahostatesman, "GOP wants to unbalance Idaho's independent redistricting commission," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

International donors like the Clinton Foundation chipped in funding for projects such as mapping the local rain forest. Jon Emont, WSJ, "One Man’s Money-Draining Bet on Climate Change," 27 Dec. 2018 Real-time ray tracing mimics how light behaves in the real world by mapping out rays that originate from 3D illumination sources in a scene. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "RTX on! Battlefield V becomes the first game to support DXR real-time ray tracing," 14 Nov. 2018 In 2013, the European Space Agency launched the Gaia satellite with the ambitious goal of mapping every star in our galaxy. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Find More Than a Dozen Stars Visiting Us From Another Galaxy," 4 Oct. 2018 The intellectual dark web, the reactionary right, and the difficult work of mapping new ideologies Let’s start in familiar territory. Ezra Klein, Vox, "The rise of YouTube’s reactionary right," 24 Sep. 2018 The company also takes other steps to ensure the transmission of data isn’t interrupted, including mapping the area in advance to understand the strength of each network signal where the vehicle would be remote operated. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Why Self-Driving Car Companies Are Eyeing This Remote Driving Startup," 12 June 2018 That’s where technology, and the data about mapping out the routes, makes a lot of sense. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full video and transcript: Alibaba executive vice chairman Joe Tsai at Code 2018," 31 May 2018 So when Nadler faces the inescapable questions about impeachment at his congressional town halls, his answers have the distinct, if not quite methodical, feel of being fully mapped out by a lawyer in advance. Gabriel Debenedetti, Daily Intelligencer, "Mega-Donor Tom Steyer Is Forcing Democrats to Talk Impeachment. Is It a Losing Strategy?," 25 May 2018 The Air Quality Life Index maps fine particulate air pollution concentrations and calculates how many years of life people living in an area would potentially gain if their air quality improved to meet WHO guidelines. Umair Irfan, Vox, "How improving air quality could add years to people’s lives around the world.," 21 Nov. 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)
US : 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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