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

My mom has no idea that Google owns and operates her maps, not me. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "PM Interview: The Guardians of Orbit," 22 Mar. 2019 Style From filming Cats in London to surprising fans in Los Angeles, Taylor Swift has been all over the map in 2019—except for the red carpet. Glamour, "Taylor Swift Wore a $250 Sequined Romper for Her First Red Carpet of 2019," 15 Mar. 2019 The Bee, which drives itself and is fully automated, is programmed to leave the Hive and fly around the house, using the Sunflowers as its map. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Drones Might Just Be The Future Of Home Security," 7 Dec. 2018 Both series are currently filmed in Vancouver, but where do the fictional towns stand in our maps? Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "The "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Spellman Mortuary Has a Very Real U.S. Area Code," 16 Nov. 2018 So consider this your map for the zig-zagging path to parenthood. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "Marie Claire's Guide to Having a Baby," 1 Oct. 2018 Part guidebook, part sketch pad, part future treasured diary, its maps impart crucial information, such as whether the beach boasts a shower, snack bar, boardwalk, or boat ramp. Marni Elyse Katz, BostonGlobe.com, "Diary of a beachgoer," 28 June 2018 The lower court ruled that the state failed to prove that its map did not discriminate. NBC News, "Texas GOP gets a win with Supreme Court ruling on alleged racial redistricting," 25 June 2018 Chicago Bike Week Rally Learn more about our bike map from its creator, John Greenfield—who guides cyclists through some of his preferred routes. Steve Heisler, Chicago Reader, "Bicycling / Chicagoland / Do This Chicago Bike Week Rally, Tour de Fat, and more of the best upcoming bike-related events in Chicago," 20 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What is new is that they are now mapped neatly onto Americans’ party identities. Ezra Klein, Vox, "A new theory for why Republicans and Democrats see the world differently," 18 Dec. 2018 About 115 routes by which residents might leave the area and spread the virus were mapped, but intensive surveillance looking for feverish or obviously ill persons could be set up at only 30 of them, the W.H.O. said. New York Times, "Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’," 28 June 2018 But the genetic mechanisms have remained murky, even as ever more genes that contribute to a variety of physical diseases have been mapped. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "Studies Identify Key Genes for Intelligence, Depression, ADHD, and Autism," 25 June 2018 An exclusive clip from the program (above) shows Charles speaking with his equerry and private secretary, mapping out his schedule for the weeks ahead. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Charles at 70 Offers a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Royal Life," 21 Mar. 2019 Up and down the coast, residents were rushing to ready emergency kits, map out escape routes and secure their homes in preparation for the onslaught of rain and wind the intensifying storm is expected to bring. Fox News, "Hurricane Florence updated to Category 4 as it barrels toward Carolinas, Mid-Atlantic states," 13 Sep. 2018 Advances in technology have produced smaller sensors as cheap as $250, meaning that environmental activists, community groups, and curious citizens can map out air pollution around their schools, parks, or backyards. Jason Plautz, WIRED, "Cheap, Portable Sensors Are Democratizing Air-Quality Data," 11 July 2018 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

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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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