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 Pacific Gas and Electric’s outage map shows that power went out around 8:45 p.m. for roughly 7,118 customers. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "More than 7,000 lose power in SF outage Friday night," 1 May 2020 The map, available at cincinnati-coronavirus-covid-8451.hub.arcgis.com, shows the location, days and hours of operation and contact information for site throughout Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "City launches map of food distribution sites for those in need," 30 Apr. 2020 By displaying county-level COVID-19 data, this U.S. map shows the pandemic’s geographical variations and spatial spread over time. Esther Landhuis, Popular Mechanics, "These Data Science Wizards Tell Us What's Really Happening With Coronavirus," 28 Apr. 2020 The map showed when nonurgent medical procedures were suspended by state; from the left, the labels should have read March 18-19, March 20-23, March 24-27 and April 1-6. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 27 Apr. 2020 But, as the A.P. noted, all the maps show is that places with more people have more of both. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Dangerous Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Targeting 5G Technology, Bill Gates, and a World of Fear," 24 Apr. 2020 The map, using data from the survey responders, shows Chicago's Hermosa/Logan Square neighborhood on April 16. Aditi Sangal, CNN, "Discarded masks and gloves are becoming a health hazard as people dump them on streets," 21 Apr. 2020 The maps also show where water is most likely to reach deep layers where pumping is causing subsidence. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Droughts exposed California’s thirst for groundwater. Now, the state hopes to refill its aquifers," 16 Apr. 2020 The state's map shows every ZIP code with more than 10 cases as red. AZCentral.com, "Coronavirus by ZIP code: New data shows where cases are found across Arizona," 13 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bloomberg is mapping the spread of the coronavirus globally and in the U.S. David Rovella, Bloomberg.com, "Your Evening Briefing," 5 May 2020 To do that, Landing AI takes four points in the frame and maps them to the corners of a rectangle in the bird's-eye view (see below). Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How the Coronavirus Could Turn the U.S. Into a Surveillance State," 30 Apr. 2020 The firm has helped us with our test for four years running, using their equipment and procedures to measure noise and vibration for each bow, in addition to mapping draw force curves and calculating efficiency. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "The Best New Compound Hunting Bows of the Year," 27 Apr. 2020 However, if a patient's residence is unknown, the case was mapped to the address of the provider or the reporting facility. AZCentral.com, "Coronavirus by ZIP code: New data shows where cases are found across Arizona," 13 Apr. 2020 To clean up your neckline, Wiggan says to use a handheld mirror to examine the back of your head, then gently map it out using your natural hairline as a foolproof guide. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "The Pro Guide To Turn Your Bathroom Into A Barbershop," 8 Apr. 2020 Back then, mapping the potential spread of a virus and alerting authorities could take several weeks. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How A.I. is aiding the coronavirus fight," 16 Mar. 2020 Oxnard is one of the lead investigators for a longitudinal study, sponsored by the liquid biopsy company Grail, that’s trying to map the genomic cancer signals in the blood of people with and without cancer. Rebecca Robbins, STAT, "Microbial signatures in the blood could offer new avenue for liquid biopsies to detect cancer," 11 Mar. 2020 Among the five heritage sites that were mapped are Rapa Nui (Easter Island); Kilwa Kisiwani on Tanzania's Swahili Coast; the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, Scotland; Mosque City of Bagerhat in Bangladesh; and the ancient city of Chan Chan in Peru. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Google's New Tool Shows the Impact of Climate Change on World Heritage Sites," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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9 May 2020

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“Map.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/map. Accessed 3 Jun. 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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