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

For campus parking, check the UA Gameday website for maps and opportunities to park near the action. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Alabama gameday: Complete fan guide to Crimson Tide’s home opener against New Mexico State," 6 Sep. 2019 After all, the war took more than 60 million lives, redrew the map of Europe and ended with the Soviet Union and the United States locked in a Cold War of nuclear superpowers. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "The Ghosts of World War II," 5 Sep. 2019 After all, the war took more than 60 million lives, redrew the map of Europe and ended with the Soviet Union and the United States locked in a Cold War of nuclear superpowers. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: The ghosts of World War II," 5 Sep. 2019 Unless they are called on to salvage a skeleton already found during construction or mining, paleontologists begin their search for dinosaurs by studying geological maps and reports to identify locations where the rocks might yield dinosaur bones. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "How to Discover Dinosaurs," 3 Sep. 2019 To determine if your address is under mandatory evacuation, go to the map here and plug in the address. CBS News, "Dorian expected to be "extremely dangerous" as it heads for U.S. — live updates," 31 Aug. 2019 Festival-goers can plan their visits by using A Taste of Colorado’s app, which will include maps and schedules. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "A Taste of Colorado, Denver’s massive free-admission food and music fest, returns this weekend," 27 Aug. 2019 Navigation: Bring a map and compass, and know how to use them. Los Angeles Times, "The 10 essentials every hiker should carry," 2 Aug. 2019 Preserves are identified, and maps and information given, including whether the properties are accessible to the public. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Wyndham Land Trust Earns National Accreditation," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The firm filed that report to map out the site's wetlands. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorado firm targets prominent Oak Creek site for big commercial development with multiple buildings," 11 Sep. 2019 Surveyors from the State Lands Commission have also been allowed in to map the public beaches for the first time. Rosanna Xiastaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Bill to open Hollister Ranch beaches to the public heads to Gov. Newsom. Will he sign it?," 9 Sep. 2019 Once there, a rover will detach from the lander and start to map the south region, collecting mineral and chemical samples for remote scientific analysis. Rory Sullivan, CNN, "How to watch the Indian moon landing," 6 Sep. 2019 The judge ordered a hearing for Oct. 3 to map out a restitution plan for Webster. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Man sentenced to serve one year in prison in sweeping tax evasion case that sunk a business," 4 Sep. 2019 Researchers want to launch a version of this machine into space to map Earth’s gravitational field, says NASA Goddard geophysicist Scott Luthcke. Wired, "Scientists Watch Atoms Fall to See Earth's Changing Structure," 3 Sep. 2019 Other missions being considered include one by the ESA to map the surface at high resolution, and a Russian plan to build on its legacy as the only country to successfully put a lander on Venus’ surface. Paul K. Byrne, The Conversation, "Why we need to get back to Venus," 23 Aug. 2019 Bowler first went to Lake Mungo in 1968 to map ice age geology. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 The ultimate goal of the tunnel challenge is for teams to remotely map, identify and report the greatest number of artifacts along the mines' passages. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "A Cave Is No Place for Humans, So DARPA Is Sending In the Robots," 23 Aug. 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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