map

noun
\ ˈmap How to pronounce map (audio) \

Definition of map

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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 3)

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 3)

modified American plan

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The resulting map eliminates four Democratic-leaning seats to give the GOP as many as 20 seats in Congress to just 8 for Democrats, despite the state’s narrow partisan divide. Time, 25 Sep. 2022 The Volunteers are back on the national map after ending another long losing streak to Florida. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2022 Currently, the city’s zoning map looks like a jigsaw puzzle with hundreds of pieces of different sizes, shapes and rules on what can — and can’t — be built. Giacomo Bologna, Baltimore Sun, 23 Sep. 2022 There are several mobile apps, like Strava, that map out where bike lanes are located. Los Angeles Times, 23 Sep. 2022 Firmly evoking the early plays that put him on the literary map, The Banshees of Inisherin is Martin McDonagh’s first film set in Ireland. David Sims, The Atlantic, 23 Sep. 2022 The map is being posted in stations, trains and transit centers. Justin George, Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2022 At least three other hotels are in areas that would allow shelters if owners had additional permits, according to the city’s online zoning map. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 This data is then used to train mine-detecting software, which locates the mines on the 3-D map. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb See the festival's full schedule here, and map here. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 20 Sep. 2022 Showing a star field in the constellation of Cassiopeia, the image is an early example of photography being used to survey and map the heavens. H.j. Mccracken, Ars Technica, 13 Sep. 2022 Neuroscientists have identified key elements such as grid cells, neurons that map locations. Stephen Ornes, Quanta Magazine, 12 Sep. 2022 Project Sunroof, a calculator that helps map rooftop solar potential, started as one such endeavor. Matt Whittaker, Fortune, 12 Sep. 2022 See the Longhorn City Limits map to find the exact location. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 9 Sep. 2022 Cannabis researchers at UC Berkeley follow a similar methodology to map and measure changes in cannabis cultivation. Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2022 The latest line of Roombas, for example, employ sensors that map and remember a home’s floor plan. Haleluya Hadero, oregonlive, 23 Aug. 2022 The fast-fashion retailer was wiped off the country’s leading e-commerce, ride-hailing, daily-deals and map apps and sites. Clarence Leong, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 28 Sep. 2022.

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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 in King Arthur's Court

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

Map biographical name

\ ˈmap How to pronounce Map (audio) \

Definition of Map

Walter circa 1140–circa 1209 English writer

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