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 Map (audio) \ adjective

Verb

mappable \ ˈma-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce Map (audio) \ adjective
mapper noun

Synonyms for map

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 The consultant would assist an independent five-person Council Districting Commission, which the charter gives final say on the redrawn map. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, 26 July 2021 Even the month of July stats are going to be a little bit all over the map. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 26 July 2021 Bringing on the Sooners and Longhorns would broaden the SEC's map and entrenches the league even deeper into the fertile recruiting bed of Texas, which had already been opened with the addition of Texas A&M. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 26 July 2021 That’s right, folks, the sigil map is back in play. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 25 July 2021 In the coming months, Chase DiFeliciantonio will report as Fast shifts from an office-centric business to one with employees all over the map. Chase Difeliciantonio, San Francisco Chronicle, 25 July 2021 Breezometer map shows air quality levels across Western United States. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 July 2021 DTE Energy's outage map showed 110,510 customers without power following the storm, with the outage area stretching from Lansing to Detroit, a 90-mile distance. Hollie Silverman, CNN, 24 July 2021 Today, Ducey is the head of the Republican Governor's Association, a post charged with expanding the GOP's advantage in chief executives across the map. Ronald J. Hansen, The Arizona Republic, 24 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sixty-two percent of my neighbors remain unvaccinated for complicated, interrelated reasons that map onto existing, bitter divisions. Monica Potts, The Atlantic, 21 July 2021 Modern bathymetry now has a range of tools in its cartographic arsenal, from aircrafts using laser imaging technology (LIDAR) that map coastline areas to submersible ROVs, such as those used by MBARI. Ewan Morgan, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 June 2021 Now, new techniques are helping scientists map the thin, twisting branches of the vagus nerve—which connects the brain to the heart, intestines, and other internal organs—and make surprising discoveries about its role in memory and emotion. Joel Goldberg, Science | AAAS, 22 June 2021 Braava Jet m6 is a dedicated robot mop that can map your home and be commanded via your phone or Alexa. Dave Johnson, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Administration officials have not given up hope of brokering peace talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban before U.S. troops depart, with the goal of creating an interim government that would map out a more peaceful future for the country. Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2021 Previously, researchers used satellite radar to map elevations. Matt Simon, Wired, 29 June 2021 Reports collected through the app are put into a database viewable by fire and law enforcement agencies and can be used to map out hot spots. Lila Seidman, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2021 Once anonymized it can be used to map out customer journeys or important client touchpoints. Tomas Montvilas, Forbes, 25 June 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/map. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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