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 outmap 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

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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 The map wasn't just dotted with green markers, it was flooded with them. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "'Your voice matters': Voter registration drive seeks to engage east side residents," 12 Sep. 2020 Democrats have Republicans on the defensive across the map as the GOP campaigns to keep its 23 contestable Senate seats ahead of the Nov. 3 general elections. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Kansas is stealth danger for Republican control of Senate," 11 Sep. 2020 Scroll over the map to see how many people have been killed in each state. Li Cohen, CBS News, "It's been over 3 months since George Floyd was killed by police. Police are still killing Black people at disproportionate rates.," 10 Sep. 2020 This year, the map and the terrain very quickly stopped matching. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "‘It’s been tough.' Central Florida hospitals adapt to COVID-19," 10 Sep. 2020 The council, scheduled for its first meeting on Sept. 14, will identify ways to promote an interest in science and technology among children, encourage investments in small businesses, and expand the geographic map, Iancu said. Susan Decker, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Patent Office Aims to Boost Innovation By Women, Minorities," 10 Sep. 2020 Visit the @clackamascounty evacuation map: https://t.co/8gBJVBtADS. oregonlive, "Oregon wildfires: How you can help victims," 10 Sep. 2020 The fire was called in at 1 a.m. Wednesday near the corner of North Claiborne Avenue and Feliciana Street (map), NOFD said. Carlie Wells, NOLA.com, "2 vacant homes burned in overnight fire in St. Claude area, New Orleans firefighters say," 9 Sep. 2020 Task force researchers have been using the map to analyze what might contribute to some streets being more dangerous than others, and what might be done to remedy the problem. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Traffic crash study identifies Cleveland’s most hazardous streets, many in poor neighborhoods," 8 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The detail that Hubble can capture allowed the researchers to map out the dark matter present in the clusters. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Hubble images reveal new aspect of mysterious dark matter in the universe," 11 Sep. 2020 Kids can study geography and world facts with grandparents by coloring a world map tablecloth with 10 washable markers. oregonlive, "Grandparents Day: Ways to say ‘I love you’ even if you’re not together on Sunday," 8 Sep. 2020 Puro is working on a fully robotic disinfecting light that will map and navigate a room entirely on its own without needing an operator. Rachel Lerman, Washington Post, "Robot cleaners are coming, this time to wipe up your coronavirus germs," 8 Sep. 2020 The research team led by geophysicist Radek Klanica of the Czech Academy of Sciences first used an array of electrodes to map the structure of the limestone based on its ability to conduct electricity. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "World’s Deepest Freshwater Cave is Twice as Deep as Previously Thought," 3 Sep. 2020 But the team wants to do more than read and map plant DNA, Schmutz said. Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "Scientists want to step up DNA editing to make Alabama crops better," 1 Sep. 2020 To map this out, HRRR considers the infrared intensity of those fires and projects how much smoke a fire is producing. Matt Simon, Wired, "A Beautiful Yet Grim Map Shows How Wildfire Smoke Spreads," 31 Aug. 2020 The Empire enter that match with a 1-0 lead and map veto advantage. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Dallas Empire one match away from Call of Duty League glory. Here’s how they can win it all," 29 Aug. 2020 Last year, Booth entered into an agreement with the Utah State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Program to map ATV trails across the state using a 360-degree camera that allows users to virtually visit trails in a format similar to Google Street View. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Rural Utah counties have kept conservative ‘County Seat’ on TV, but support is now shaky," 24 Aug. 2020

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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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14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Map.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/map. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for map

map

noun
How to pronounce Map (audio)

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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