map

noun
\ ˈmap How to pronounce map (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Map (audio) \

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 How to pronounce maplike (audio) \ adjective

Verb

mappable \ ˈma-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce mappable (audio) \ 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 map is sold online in the U.S. and also in Australian stores, according to Insider. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Can You Spot What’s Wrong With This World Map That IKEA’s Selling?," 8 Feb. 2019 Published by the Museum of Modern Art in association with the New York Transit Museum, the book tells the story of how the NYC subway map was created in 1972. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 17 best kids’ books about design and cities," 12 Dec. 2018 The map is based on an algorithm that uses historic foliage patterns and data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Condé Nast Traveler, "Interactive Foliage Map: Know When Leaves Will Peak This Fall," 11 Sep. 2018 The extraordinary map was hand-drawn by Tharp with data collected by Hezeen. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "We’ve Been Wrong Before: The Expanding Earth Theory," 3 Aug. 2018 Previous maps had mostly defined the nation by political boundaries or topographic features. John F. Ross, Smithsonian, "The Visionary John Wesley Powell Had a Plan for Developing the West, But Nobody Listened," 3 July 2018 The map was developed for the final environmental analysis of the juniper project. Keith Ridler, idahostatesman, "Grazing, not juniper, is behind Idaho species' decline, environmental group says," 29 June 2018 The map will be updated as further information becomes available. Steve Reilly, USA TODAY, "USA TODAY tracking where separated children sent," 22 June 2018 The court declared the 2011 map had been unconstitutionally drawn to favor Republicans and dilute Democratic votes. Jonathan Lai, Philly.com, "Top Pa. Republicans appeal gerrymandering case to U.S. Supreme Court," 21 June 2018

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Into the Woods, Chicago), the answer appears to have been to map out every story beat from the 1964 film and then mold a new tale around the older one, beat for beat. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mary Poppins Returns — with a sadder story and forgettable songs," 12 Dec. 2018 This biomechanical organization causes hair cells to wiggle in response to specific sound frequencies or pitches that are mapped out smoothly from low to high, like keys on a piano. Justin Chen, STAT, "Pulses of light restored hearing in gerbils. Could that lead to higher-tech cochlear implants?," 11 July 2018 The daily fish count from 2004 was mapped to a piano range and can be seen as the subtle raising and lowering of notes. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Symphony of the salmon: How scientists are learning by putting fish migration to music," 9 July 2018 The cave complex, which has never been fully mapped, has many different formations, said the American, who could not be identified by name for security reasons. Richard C. Paddock, BostonGlobe.com, "Thai cave rescue will be a murky, desperate ordeal, divers say," 6 July 2018 The other aspects of these studies in front are to really map out the ocean currents and temperature profile in detail. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Antarctic Quest Seeks to Predict the Fate of a Linchpin Glacier," 14 May 2018 Although plans have been in the works at least 15 years, their goal is to map out next steps toward creating a RICC. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Big dreams hatching for intergenerational campus," 18 Apr. 2018 As Michelle Holmes, Vice President of Content at Alabama Media Group and the project’s director explains, the goal is to map out some common territory in a nation riven by profound divides. Francesca Trianni, Time, "What Happens When You Reimagine the Difficult Conversation About Guns," 4 Apr. 2018 The hot gas has been crucial to mapping some of the galaxy's most mysterious places. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Made a 3D Simulation of the Center of the Milky Way," 11 Jan. 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 How to pronounce map (audio) \

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 How to pronounce map (audio) \

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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