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 And the company pulled this off without sacrificing the core feature that put them on the map: shootability. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Best New Bows of the 2020 Archery Trade Show," 11 Jan. 2020 Lanes were closed at mile marker 112.4, according to an online crash map, as crews worked to clean up the spill. Indystar Staff, Indianapolis Star, "Lanes reopening after semi crash ties up I-65 and I-70 at north split," 11 Jan. 2020 Oil overload Texas's shale boom has redrawn the oil map of the world: the U.S., far from being a massive importer of oil, is now a frequent exporter. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "A Potential War with Iran—and Other Geopolitical Events—Just Don’t Bounce Oil Prices Like They Used To," 9 Jan. 2020 Villanova, 71-60, will certainly get the Golden Eagles back on the map, and probably will be getting some Top 25 votes when the poll is released. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "Breaking down the ballot (1/6): Sam Blum discusses this week’s AP poll for men’s basketball," 6 Jan. 2020 Republicans in North Carolina and Thomas Hofeller's former company have sought to block the release of the cache of records, which include spreadsheets, maps, emails and presentations. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Daughter of deceased GOP redistricting expert releases trove of documents," 6 Jan. 2020 Well, maybe the map, published by the podcast team at Barstool with no explanation on how the data was gathered, is a lesson in taking national rankings with a grain of salt, or in this case, sugar. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Phoenix's food scene got a whole lot of recognition in 2019. Here are 12 takeaways," 31 Dec. 2019 Good map showing the hometowns of the game's starting quarterbacks, both from Georgia. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Ohio State-Clemson broadcast: How ESPN did with its coverage," 29 Dec. 2019 Producing the map, the first to show both sides of the moon in a single sheet, was a monumental task. National Geographic, "What are the decade's biggest discoveries?," 25 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Using remote sensing techniques, the researchers mapped the underground landscape swaddling the stones. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Massive Lightning Strike May Have Inspired This Scottish Stone Circle," 31 Dec. 2019 An official award chart maps out nightly pricing among eight hotel categories (the more upscale the property, the higher the category and the more points need for a free stay). Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Luxury Hotels Worth Cashing In Your Marriott Bonvoy Points For," 23 Dec. 2019 Researchers at the Alaska Earthquake Center at the Geophysical Institute have mapped tsunami danger zones at https://earthquake.alaska.edu/tsunamis. Anchorage Daily News, "The demise of Scotch Cap lighthouse," 21 Dec. 2019 Tanya Tucker, the country icon who is enjoying a well-deserved career resurgence, has mapped out a busy 2020. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "Country legend Tanya Tucker is bringing her 'Flowers' to Houston," 10 Dec. 2019 But Hentz-Ville can be more accurately mapped in a quiet neighborhood in Lakeside Park, Kentucky. David Kiefer, Executive Editorial Producer, Cincinnati.com, "Notre Dame Academy grad is volleyball star at Stanford who cherishes role as sister to autistic brother," 5 Dec. 2019 And then mock up the layout by using painter’s tape or chalk to map it out on the empty bus floor. Will Sutherland, Popular Mechanics, "How to Convert a School Bus to a RV," 4 Dec. 2019 Planning really shows in the final product, so be a director and map it out. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, "How to Shoot Stellar Slow-Motion Video on Your Phone," 9 July 2019 That is a 340 percent increase in five years, according to a new data analysis by The San Diego Union-Tribune that examined thousands of violent crime reports from 2014 to 2018, and mapped them by small geographic areas called census block groups. San Diego Union-Tribune, "More city neighborhoods see increase in violent crimes, new data analysis shows," 6 June 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

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“Map.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/map. Accessed 18 January 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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