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 Indigenous pueblo communities said Friday that map proposals may be finalized as soon as this week. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 The commission is collecting public feedback on Monday and Tuesday with the hope of passing along a 10-year map for the full legislature to consider. Jordan Kellogg, The Enquirer, 13 Sep. 2021 Zoom says Hot Desking will allow employees to reserve desks and spaces in offices and will include an interactive map and easy authentication. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 The latest track map shows Nicholas hugging the western Gulf Coast before making landfall in Texas on Monday or early Tuesday. Leigh Morgan, al, 12 Sep. 2021 The county offers a map that shows the location of each drop box and a portal for residents to determine their voter registration status. David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2021 Those who signed the petition are all over the map too — literally. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Sep. 2021 The result is Materialism, an online map and database. Diana Budds, Curbed, 10 Sep. 2021 In one map, a legislative district that starts in Chugiak-Eagle River extends north to the Knik River. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And the difference didn’t map onto a change in real life: The original vaccine held up well against Beta in efficacy studies. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, 30 Aug. 2021 The problem with the definition is that it could be seen as arbitrarily narrow, meant to map onto Facebook and only Facebook. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 19 Aug. 2021 In-person processes don't map directly onto a fully remote world. Alexi Robichaux For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 The implant secretly reports that information to an operative who can use it to map out sensitive details of the victim’s life. Washington Post, 19 July 2021 While some of our disagreements map onto now familiar ideological positions, many of them are not. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Medical researchers are poised to map the entire process of kidney stone formation for the first time, thanks to insights from an unlikely source: geology. Harini Barath, Scientific American, 16 Aug. 2021 But Citizen Lab, going back, has been able to map many of the likely government clients of the NSO Group. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 20 July 2021 The earliest of her works on view, drawings made in 1996, suggest an intense mental doodling, thinking with a pencil, inventing personal glyphs and idiosyncratic ways to chart, measure and map private systems for giving order to the world. Washington Post, 7 July 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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“Map.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/map. Accessed 23 Sep. 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)
: 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 in King Arthur's Court

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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