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 outmap 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

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Synonyms: Noun

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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 By next week, Clayton said the interactive map will update every 15 minutes. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "IBM and The Weather Channel debut coronavirus map," 25 Mar. 2020 Scroll over the map below to see the rate for various states. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio: What is our 'attack rate'? We built a map to show you," 25 Mar. 2020 The indoor visitors center is closed because the space couldn't accommodate proper social distancing recommendations, but there are trail maps available outside, along with a sign reminding people to keep safe space between themselves and others. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Enjoy public parks, Fischer says, but self-distance or else more restrictions may follow," 23 Mar. 2020 The map below keeps track of the number of COVID-19 related deaths in each state and U.S. territory. NBC News, "Coronavirus deaths: U.S map shows number of fatalities compared to confirmed cases," 23 Mar. 2020 Both Bocken and Souder say without immediate intervention, the small businesses that fuel the US economy will be wiped off the map. Kim Berryman, CNN, "'All of us lost our jobs:' Food lines, tears and despair as layoffs mount," 23 Mar. 2020 The walls feature a large world map, colorful posters translating common words and Willie Horton’s keys for success, hung in a frame. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Inside the Detroit Tigers' Dominican academy, there's hope for the future," 22 Mar. 2020 Lovers and dreamers can expand the rainbow connection map by adding addresses here. New York Times, "N.Y. Weighs Four Temporary Hospitals Sites, Including Javits Center," 21 Mar. 2020 In the maps that migrants make in workshops organized by the psychologist of the Community Center for Attention to Migrants and the Needy, Altar appears both as the end of a long road and as the beginning of a new one to the United States. Paola Díaz, The Conversation, "Migrants at US-Mexico border must get past cartels before their long journey ends," 18 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For Facebook to use voice detection, to find keywords and then map them onto ad preferences, that’s Stone Age targeted advertising technology. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Facebook spies on us but not by recording our calls. Here's how the social network knows everything," 4 Mar. 2020 So, Shoenfeld and others began searching for the covenants, mapping them, hoping to raise awareness of the racist practices that shaped their city. Nick Watt And Jack Hannah, CNN, "Racist language is still woven into home deeds across America. Erasing it isn't easy, and some don't want to," 15 Feb. 2020 ISAS’s Akatsuki orbiter is currently circling the planet and the Parker Solar Probe just flew by, but little information has been revealed about its surface features since Magellan mapped them in detail. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Looks Like Venus Was Volcanically Active All Along," 3 Jan. 2020 The symptom checker can also consult health records— including medical history and data gathered through interactions with Babylon—to map out possible connections among different users’ health conditions. Jeremy Hsu, Quartz, "How using a medical startup’s AI “symptom checker” could go very wrong," 13 Dec. 2019 Here's how the locations appear when mapped without buffers. Matt Stiles, www.latimes.com, "L.A. might ban homeless people from sleeping on many streets. What about your block?," 9 Sep. 2019 And terrorism analysis also conducted by a separate agency the National Counter Terrorism Center, whose analysts can sift through both international and domestic intelligence databases to map connections between extremists at home and abroad. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, "There is no law that covers 'domestic terrorism.' What would one look like?," 9 Aug. 2019 Before this program came to fruition, Starr said the organization was mostly using print to disseminate information including fliers, PowerPoints, and infographics that mapped people through where to go for care. Laura Bednar, cleveland, "Independence Non-Profit offers solution to find proper level of healthcare," 15 Feb. 2020 The Human Genome Project was an international scientific collaboration that successfully mapped, sequenced and made publicly available the genetic content of human chromosomes – or all human DNA. Ari Berkowitz, The Conversation, "Why sequencing the human genome failed to produce big breakthroughs in disease," 11 Feb. 2020

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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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28 Mar 2020

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“Map.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/map. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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More Definitions for map

map

noun
How to pronounce Map (audio)

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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