Definition of mapping

1 : the act or process of making a map
2 : function sense 5a a one-to-one continuous mapping

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If route-mapping and panniers aren’t your thing, there are easier biking options—and some major benefits to cycling the Wachau region with an organized group. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Way to Experience Austria's Wine Country Is By Bike," 7 Sep. 2018 Layers'' of the probe will include community meetings, a website with interactive mapping and an analysis to determine how large the fleet and service area should be, the foundation said. Bob Warren,, "Bike share idea in St. Tammany Parish takes another step," 15 May 2018 With Native-Lands, Temprano was able to use cutting-edge mapping to explore the legacy of a wide variety of borders not often seen in the mainstream. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Tribal Map of America Shows Whose Land You're Actually Living On," 8 Oct. 2018 But many car makers have bigger plans, including using the data to craft targeted in-car advertisements or selling it to mapping firms looking to provide more accurate traffic information. Christina Rogers, WSJ, "What Your Car Knows About You," 18 Aug. 2018 Using the patrimonial building as a canvas, the digital artists and musicians use visual effects, lasers, video projection mapping to bring the space to life. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "10 reasons why Montreal is your perfect playground," 25 May 2018 So, for those into mapping out their own destinies, here are 12 suggestions on what looks especially inviting at this year’s 20th annual gathering of Baltimore’s film faithful. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Maryland Film Festival's 12 must-see movies," 2 May 2018 Over the years, Petrified Forest National Park has used photographic mapping to find areas that might be in danger. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Saguaro, Petrified Forest national parks: Arizona parks work to protect natural resources," 2 Apr. 2018 Previous SlideNext Slide From caves to Facebook and Twitter In August 2013, Professor Lee Berger of the University of Witwatersrand hired Pedro Boshoff to survey caves in the Cradle of Humankind, mapping which had fossil deposits. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of mapping

circa 1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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