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 Map (audio) \ adjective

Verb

mappable \ ˈma-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce Map (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 red dot of a laser pointer circled downtown Houston on a map during a virtual training of poll watchers by the Harris County Republican Party. New York Times, "G.O.P. Seeks to Empower Poll Watchers, Raising Intimidation Worries," 1 May 2021 The red dot of a laser pointer circled downtown Houston on a map during a virtual training of poll watchers by the Harris County Republican Party. BostonGlobe.com, "GOP seeks to empower poll watchers, raising intimidation worries," 1 May 2021 Watt was a rookie and still establishing himself in the league but his interception in the Texans' first-ever playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals in January 2012 put him on the map. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On J.J. Watt's 10-year NFL draft anniversary, here are 10 top moments from his Hall of Fame NFL career," 29 Apr. 2021 The regions are determined by the California Public Utilities Commission and marked on a map. Kellie Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, "This massive network of wildfire cameras helps California save lives," 29 Apr. 2021 Each region has been sub-divided on the map, with numbered sections indicating portions of neighborhoods where children would shift from one school to another. David Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Bel Air and Havre de Grace-area parents and students protest Harford schools’ early redistricting plans," 27 Apr. 2021 Aztecs fans probably had to look on a map to find Spain’s Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa when Tomaic, born and raised there, came last year from Maryland. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs get basketball commitment from multilingual forward," 26 Apr. 2021 From the producer that put New Zealand Sauvignon on the map comes a beautiful new vintage from some of Marlborough’s oldest vineyards. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, "13 Superb New Sauvignon Blancs to Drink This Spring," 26 Apr. 2021 What put Cannon Beach on the map is distinctive Haystack Rock, a basalt tower shooting 235 feet from the water's edge. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, "17 Delightful U.S. Beach Towns With Laid-back Vibes and Stunning Coastal Views," 25 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bocinsky hopes other researchers will use their technique to map early migration routes across other continents, including North America. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "Ancient Australian ‘superhighways’ suggested by massive supercomputing study," 4 May 2021 These forecasts don't map just some hazy, distant future. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "The racist 'replacement theory' has it all backward," 23 Apr. 2021 The trick is to find and make new and authentic culture moments that map to what your company wants to be. John Kim, Forbes, "You Can’t Buy Culture: What Corporate Culture Means In An Increasingly Remote World," 21 Apr. 2021 That pattern is reflected, to a lesser degree, in state liquor laws, but the analogy of guns to alcohol does not map exactly; alcohol is not the instrument of action in the same way that guns are. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Return of Mass Shootings," 25 Mar. 2021 My efforts to understand how imaginary numbers map onto the real world have led me, perversely, in the opposite direction. John Horgan, Scientific American, "I'm Agonizing over My Naive Realism," 19 Mar. 2021 Physicians can use a different one to map the blurry boundary that sets life apart from death. Quanta Magazine, "What Is Life? Its Vast Diversity Defies Easy Definition.," 9 Mar. 2021 His goal was to explore the deepest underwater points in the world, map previously uncharted territory and allow scientists to study new forms of marine life at extreme depths. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, "Meet the Ocean Activists Using Their Own Money to Study the Seas and Combat Climate Change," 10 Apr. 2021 Data from surveys conducted between 2010 and 2017 led to the creation of HistoricPlacesLA, a digital portal designed to inventory, map and contextualize the city’s cultural heritage sites. Los Angeles Times, "Just 3% of L.A. landmarks are linked to Black history. One project aims to change that," 6 Apr. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Map.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/map. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for map

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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