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

Take a Google Earth map tour of the largest museums devoted to the state's history and culture. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "No kids allowed: Explore The Children's Museum of Indianapolis at adults-only Greek party," 16 July 2019 Gillim recalled that in an early draft, a script had Molly tossing a map at her mother in excitement. Julia Jacobs, New York Times, "With ‘Molly of Denali,’ PBS Raises Its Bar for Inclusion," 15 July 2019 Use previous experience as a compass, not a mapLet previous experience guide you in the right direction—but don’t rely on it blindly. Christina Janzer, Quartz at Work, "Slack’s director of research explains how to build your best user research team," 15 July 2019 The Mint reached out to artist Alisha Giroux, who had previously designed a Canadian map with a different animal for each providence. Megan Marples And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Canada releases a Canada-shaped coin," 15 July 2019 To illustrate their findings the Crowther Lab in Switzerland created a global data map that pairs one city’s future climate conditions with current ones. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "By 2050, many U.S. cities will have weather like they’ve never seen," 10 July 2019 Users can find their local patch using a map highlighting local green spaces, download useful guides and also discover conservation events happening nearby. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Inspires Kids to Spend Time in Nature: 'The Great Outdoors Is an Open Playground'," 9 July 2019 Patterns that might now be obvious from a list of numbers leap out from a map. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chimp champ Jane Goodall enlists advanced mapping technology for nature and humanity," 9 July 2019 State supreme court challenges offer one more avenue—and one brought a representative map to Pennsylvania in 2018. Steve Mulroy, The New Republic, "To Beat the Gerrymander, Think Outside the Lines," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This interactive mapping tool developed for the study shows the rapid, widespread increases in extreme heat projected to occur across the United States due to climate change. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "‘Off-the-charts’ heat to affect millions in U.S. in coming decades," 16 July 2019 Since then, the company, whose origins go back to the industrial revolution, and whose evolution maps the story of British manufacturing, has been kept alive by the government. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Death of British Steel and the Myth of the Good Brexit," 10 July 2019 The elevation maps allowed them to quantify changes in volume for 650 glaciers nested in valleys, accounting for over half the glacial ice in the Himalayas. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Declassified satellite images show how Himalayan glaciers have shrunk," 19 June 2019 What particularly surprised Mr Melstrom and Dr Irmis, though, was the way herbivory mapped onto the crocodile family tree. The Economist, "Vegetarian crocodiles once roamed the world," 28 June 2019 Many of these routes are already established using human drivers today, so there’s little need to map new paths and create infrastructure to load and receive the goods. Matthew Boyle, latimes.com, "Self-driving delivery is coming to Walmart — but not directly to customers," 19 June 2019 Last April, a SpaceX rocket launched that mission to map 85 percent of the sky in the coming years and look for planets similar to ours, ones that could be prime candidates to hunt for extraterrestrial life. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Kepler's Last Light, and Its Towering Legacy," 8 Feb. 2019 An animator choreographs a routine using 3-D design software, and each drone gets mapped onto an individual pixel. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "For a More Inclusive Fourth of July Show, Send in the Drones," 4 July 2018 Local control, in short, became a favorable way to discuss the preservation and accumulation of resource advantages that mapped onto existing racial cleavages. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Back to the future: A new school district secession movement is gaining steam," 2 May 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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