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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While Google Maps has most of the great outdoors pretty well mapped, indoor mapping is the next great frontier. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google adds indoor positioning to Android’s Find My Device," 21 Nov. 2018 But now, thanks to a new partnership with mapping start-up What3Words, Mongolian Airbnb hosts—yes, even the nomadic ones—can tell you where to find them amid the country's steppe and forests. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "You'll Need a Reindeer to Get to This Airbnb in Mongolia," 19 Nov. 2018 Yesterday, the ship began mapping and sampling the search zone, looking for bits of the meteorite. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "A Research Ship Is Hunting Meteorite Fragments Off the Coast of Washington," 4 July 2018 There’s no shortage of fitness tracking apps, but Strava seems to rule supreme, with basic ride mapping and speed, distance, and duration tracking. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "Garmin Edge 1030 vs. the iPhone X," 29 June 2018 In Niger, the 450 kilometers (280 miles) linking Agadez to the northern border settlement of Assamaka are largely a fiction of mapping. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Traveling off the map on the Trans-Sahara highway," 25 June 2018 Hillary’s account was accompanied by a map of the historic climbing route, part of a long and prolific history of mapping Everest at National Geographic. Betsy Mason, National Geographic, "Explore Historic Mount Everest Expeditions Through National Geographic Maps," 29 May 2018 Yet the new Ingress has received a visual overhaul to the overall UI, as well as a the mapping and capturing mechanic. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Niantic’s massive Ingress reboot launches today on iOS and Android," 5 Nov. 2018 The simplest evidence that there are potential oddities in Ceres' crust comes from a simple mapping of its density. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Ceres might have tilted over onto its side," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of mapping

circa 1752, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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