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 next redrawing of district maps is scheduled for 2021, after the 2020 Census. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "New Jersey Democratic Leaders Split on Redistricting," 26 Nov. 2018 The menu alone is the kind of document that seems impossible to navigate without some kind of map—or a guide, and Risen gamely ascends to the occasion. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Demystifying Single Malt Scotch," 21 Nov. 2018 Harris interrupted and asked that Democrats be given copies of the map. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Grassley snaps at staffer at Kavanaugh hearing: 'Speak plainly with me, please'," 27 Sep. 2018 In addition to more system-wide predictions and modeling, scientists also prepared a number of detailed climate maps for individual parks. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change will strike U.S. National Parks hardest and fastest, says study," 24 Sep. 2018 South Louisiana settings, including New Orleans, make up 15 of the map’s electronic pins. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "New Louisiana Film Trail website; state plans more," 4 Sep. 2018 Overwatch, which pits teams of six players against each other to attack and defend on a series of maps, has managed to become a major player in the esports stage in the short time since its release in 2016. Eric Van Allen, WIRED, "Live on ESPN: Is Esports Finally Ready for Its Crossover Moment?," 11 July 2018 The gauge array can be electronically formatted to highlight various functions, including the Virtual Cockpit of the navigation map as a background. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2019 Volkswagen Jetta: 7th generation wide-body reboot," 6 July 2018 The game requires players (or in AI parlance, agents) to cooperate with team members while competing with others amid a changing variety of maps. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "DeepMind's AI Is Now Beating Humans at Quake Because Winning in Go Wasn't Terrifying Enough," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Using deep learning algorithms that can map one person's face onto another's—creating what's known as a 'deepfake'—the YouTube account derpfakes was able to insert Ford's into a few moments into Solo. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's Harrison Ford Starring in 'Solo' Thanks to Deepfakes," 17 Oct. 2018 In recent weeks the Pentagon released a new cybersecurity strategy that maps out a more aggressive use of military cyber capabilities. Lolita C. Baldor, The Seattle Times, "US to offer cyberwar capabilities to NATO allies," 2 Oct. 2018 Some of those charities are using a disaster mapping tool recently developed by Facebook to help do that in North Carolina. Martha Waggoner, Fox News, "Facebook tool helps charities find evacuees who need help," 18 Sep. 2018 The research team created computer models that mapped the genes that were disrupted or activated during the progression of Alzheimer’s. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Childhood Virus May Have a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease," 23 June 2018 So Jacobson created computer code that maps genes into a giant network to help study interactions. NBC News, "5 ways the world's fastest supercomputer could change the world," 18 June 2018 In 2003, the BBC financed a research project that mapped the entire lake using 600 sonar beams, Reuters reported. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Could DNA finally prove, disprove Loch Ness Monster’s existence?," 23 May 2018 Our expedition, run by Oxalis Adventure Tours, was painstakingly laid out by speleologists with extensive experience mapping caves and led by guides trained in first aid and water rescues. Patrick Scott, WSJ, "A Blow-Your-Mind Adventure in Vietnam’s Caves," 13 Nov. 2018 Waze, like its parent company’s mapping product, now supports navigation through Apple CarPlay with a new update out today, via 9to5Mac. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Waze adds Apple CarPlay support just days after Google Maps," 24 Sep. 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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