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

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 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo puts Houston on the map with a massive scholarship program, scrumptious carnival food, great concert lineups, and an amazing display of artwork from talented young artists across the city. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "It's 713 Day in H-Town, so let's celebrate a few things that Houston is known for," 13 July 2020 Preston got her start in the 1980s; her casting in films like Mischief, Space Camp, and Twins (alongside Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger) put her on the map as a face to know in the industry. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Actress Kelly Preston Dies At 57," 13 July 2020 His league-best 1.26 K/D has all but certainly allowed his team to gain control on the map and enable Owakening to have a hot start himself. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Inaugural Call of Duty season closing in on finish line: Which teams are hot, and which players will determine final seeding?," 9 July 2020 Palawan, Philippines Roughly 270 miles long and just 25 across at its widest point, on a map Palawan looks like an arm extending from the Philippines to Borneo. Sara Clemence, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 25 Islands in the World," 8 July 2020 On the map the northwestern corner of the state shows up as red, as does Marion County. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, "Indiana coronavirus cases: 330 new cases, five additional deaths reported," 6 July 2020 Rombauer, one of Napa Valley’s most recognizable brands and the winery that put butter-bomb California Chardonnay on the map, now has a tasting room in Shenandoah Valley, the heart of rustic Amador County wine country. Chris Macias, SFChronicle.com, "Napa’s Rombauer brings its butter-bomb Chardonnay to its new tasting room in Gold Country," 22 June 2020 For an interactive map of the testing sites, click here. Fox News, "Oklahoma reports first pediatric coronavirus death," 14 July 2020 Back in February, OCEARCH, which is a nonprofit organization that gathers data on sharks and other animals around the world by tracking and studying them, shared a map on Facebook highlighting where groups of great whites have recently been spotted. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Great White Sharks Spotted Off Coast of New York, New Jersey," 13 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Not all of the papers detailed the computational requirements, but enough did to map out the cost of progress. Will Knight, Wired, "Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry," 11 July 2020 The Marion County election board plans to map out a smoother general election process. Amelia Pak-harvey, The Indianapolis Star, "Thousands of Marion County ballots unreturned in primary election, roughly 1,800 rejected," 30 June 2020 That's because the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which maps flood risk, lacks the budget and other resources to map every square inch of the country, and instead concentrates on the most vulnerable areas. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "15 million U.S. homes are at risk of flooding — 70% higher than FEMA estimates," 29 June 2020 Perroy is using high-resolution cameras and other sensors to improve early detection of the disease and map the likely progression. Rene Ebersole, National Geographic, "National parks are being overrun by invasive species," 24 June 2020 Florida dismantled that same Atlanta team that just went to map five with Dallas not even an hour prior. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Dallas Empire knocked off their perch atop Call of Duty League in Paris tournament," 21 June 2020 Presidential conventions are major undertakings that draw tens of thousands of people and take years to map out. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Republicans in multiple states battle to lure GOP convention after party exits Charlotte," 3 June 2020 So Bay Area companies across many industries are starting to map out ways other than testing to ease workers back and minimize spread of the virus. Catherine Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area companies grapple with challenges of work-site testing," 1 June 2020 The plan is to map and measure the human immune response to the COVID-19 virus to better understand how to combat it, based on samples from ImmuneRACE as well as thousands of samples from institutions around the world. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Irving-based firm shutters without warning while working on a major COVID-19 study," 9 July 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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Last Updated

28 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Map.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/map. Accessed 8 Aug. 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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