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 maplike (audio) \ adjective

Verb

mappable \ ˈma-​pə-​bəl How to pronounce mappable (audio) \ adjective
mapper noun

Synonyms for map

Synonyms: Noun

chart

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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

That means the people who draw these maps have enormous power. Nicole Wong, The Mercury News, "Opinion: California needs diverse group to draw redistricting maps," 6 Aug. 2019 The next session of the Texas Legislature will draw new congressional and state district maps, which will be in effect through 2030. Mike Glenn, Houston Chronicle, "Krenek files to replace Zerwas in Texas House," 6 Aug. 2019 In Baltimore, the people who helped draw the maps were realtors who had already been working in the service of segregating Baltimore. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Long Before Trump's Tweets, Baltimore Had Become a 'Target.' Here's How Segregation Helped Create Its Problems," 29 July 2019 The idea of an observatory on the Moon goes back at least to German astronomers Wilhelm Beer and Johann Heinrich von Mädler, who drew the first accurate lunar maps in the 1830s. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Could humanity’s return to the moon spark a new age of lunar telescopes?," 18 July 2019 In late June, the Supreme Court ruled, in Rucho v. Common Cause, that the federal judiciary did not have the authority to stop legislators from drawing district maps in order to maximize partisan advantage. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "A Father, a Daughter, and the Attempt to Change the Census," 13 July 2019 In Maryland, Democrats drew maps that left a Republican congressman without a base of support. Timothy Williams, New York Times, "It’s Not Just the White House in 2020. The Power to Draw Maps Is Also at Stake.," 5 July 2019 The software then draws maps of each neuron and its connections, making that part of the task much easier, Emmons says. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Worm Wiring Diagram May Help Us Understand Our Own Nervous System," 3 July 2019 Take pictures, draw maps describing the microclimates created by sun, shade, water, and soil. Jessie Kissinger, Popular Mechanics, "Give Your Yard Back to Nature," 1 July 2019

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Chinchilla’s coauthor Roger Fu from Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences tested the sculptures by first running a magnetometer over them and mapping out the areas with the strongest anomalies. Joshua Rapp Learn, Smithsonian, "Mesoamerican Sculptures Reveal Early Knowledge of Magnetism," 6 Aug. 2019 The research will be part of a larger, long-term program that includes mapping people’s brain activity with the depth and rigor that is used to explore other things, such as dementia. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Will UCSD’s $100 million study of empathy produce more compassionate doctors?," 2 Aug. 2019 But new data, such as the cepheid map and billions of stars mapped by the European satellite Gaia, are helping astronomers find our place among the stars. Juanita Bawagan, Science | AAAS, "The Milky Way is more warped than astronomers thought," 1 Aug. 2019 An installation of more than 20 photographs by Stuart, mapping this transformation, accompany the Environmental Impact exhibition and will be on view during the presentation. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland.com, "Summer is not in low gear in the Hillcrest area: Sun Messages," 29 July 2019 The Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre has taken the scientific lead (pdf), mapping out which predictive tools are needed, the weather thresholds that must be reached to trigger automatic assistance, and who will benefit from aid. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Is forecast-based financing the future of aid in the face of climate change?," 28 July 2019 Also, social media will play a large role in outreach, as will mapping technologies to better collect data, according to Austin C. Davis, the city’s 2020 census project director. Juliana Kim, baltimoresun.com, "5 takeaways from Baltimore’s plan for the 2020 census," 25 July 2019 The Seabed Constructor, operated by the American ocean-mapping company Ocean Infinity, is the same craft that in November found the San Juan submarine that had gone missing in 2017 off Argentina’s coast with 44 sailors onboard. Elian Peltier, New York Times, "French Submarine That Vanished in 1968 Is Found in the Mediterranean," 22 July 2019 The interracial slum was razed and mapped into homogeneous zones of absolute difference. Longreads, "A Minor Figure," 20 July 2019

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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

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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