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 maplike (audio) \ adjective

Verb

mappable \ ˈma-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce mappable (audio) \ 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 National Space Weather Predication Center, part of NOAA, has released a geothermal storm warning for Saturday with a map showing Seattle, Chicago, Boston and New York as some of the major cities most likely to see the Aurora Borealis. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "You Can See The Northern Lights Across The US This Weekend," 22 Mar. 2019 To be able to come back and be the lead of the show that put the state on the map was really cool for me. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Meet Hallmark's ‘Time For Me to Come Home for Christmas’ Star Josh Henderson," 9 Dec. 2018 The map shows few streets in the central and eastern parts of the county with bike-friendly streets. David Schutz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Which Broward County roads are safe for bicyclists? Search our map," 13 July 2018 Here's a map of the stores that are closing and the distance to the nearest Walmart from there. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Is your Louisville Walmart closing? These stores will shut down soon," 11 July 2018 This map from the county Office of Emergency Services is being regularly updated with evacuation areas and fire perimeters. Michelle Gilchrist, sandiegouniontribune.com, "County of San Diego Emergency Map," 6 July 2018 But the maps of the cave are not accurate enough to get a good fix on exactly where to drill. Mike James, USA TODAY, "Thailand cave rescue: Why can't they drill from above, other questions you want answered," 6 July 2018 But at a time when the map to a more empowering and realistic approach to fashion is being redrawn, what place will the working women Philo strived so hard to cater to have in Slimane's vision? refinery29.com, "Hedi Slimane's New Céline Is Almost Here," 5 July 2018 The heat map of Russia’s opponents’ touches shows where the defensive line has held, though the home team has been fortunate that opponents have scored on only six percent of shots, the sixth-lowest rate in the tournament. Paul Carr, SI.com, "World Cup Quarterfinalists By the Numbers: Key Stat for Each Team," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kendall Jenner is likely spending a good chunk of this weekend getting ready for Monday's Met Gala, finalizing her fittings, mapping out her makeup look — and perhaps getting a major haircut? Marci Robin, Allure, "Kendall Jenner Is Thinking of Chopping Off Her Hair," 4 May 2019 His Harlem studio setup once included a 3D body mapping zone where his celebrity clients could be scanned so that their Levine stage costumes fit like second skins. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Meet the Designer Behind Lady Gaga’s Mesmerizing Sci-fi Costumes," 14 Jan. 2019 Feel free to begin mapping out your Super Bowl plans through the end of the 2023 NFL season. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Arizona, New Orleans added to Super Bowl lineup, per report," 21 May 2018 In December 2015, for example, BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen's Audi acquired the digital mapping company HERE for $3.1 billion. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "Whoever Owns the Maps Owns the Future of Self-Driving Cars," 1 July 2016 To help expand the roster and map out future strategy. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Interscope EVP Joie Manda Makes a Case for Major Labels & Why It's the 'Strongest Time Ever for Female Rap'," 16 Feb. 2018 On Wednesday, three district chiefs and their crews examined the seven floors of the Family Law Center, at 1115 Congress near San Jacinto, and scheduled a return trip Saturday to map out a strategy. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "Another Harris County building flagged for fire code violations," 9 Feb. 2018 But while other phones such as the OnePlus 6T feature an optical sensor that uses light to read your fingerprint, the S10 uses sound waves to map the whorls and loops. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "10 Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, and S10+ features that actually surprised us," 20 Feb. 2019 Those differences allow the scientists to map subglacial topography. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Climate’s Big Unknown: What’s Happening Beneath Antarctica’s Ice?," 29 Dec. 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)
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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