map

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noun

1
a
: 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

4
maplike adjective

map

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verb

mapped; mapping

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
mappable adjective
mapper noun

MAP

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abbreviation

modified American plan
Phrases
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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The map and other cannabis information can be viewed at www.cityofsanteeca.gov/business/cannabis-business. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Nov. 2022 Hoping for tips from the community, investigators on Friday released a map and timeline of the victims’ movements last weekend. Aya Elamroussi, CNN, 19 Nov. 2022 Early Friday afternoon, the Moscow Police Department released a map and timeline of the whereabouts of Mogen, Goncalves, Kernodle and Chapin on Saturday evening and early Sunday before the attack. oregonlive, 19 Nov. 2022 Authorities on Friday released a map and timeline of the victims’ whereabouts last Saturday. Terry Collins, USA TODAY, 19 Nov. 2022 This year, however, the category is all over the map and full of still-emerging acts. Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2022 There are at least four ways to navigate: Experience, map and compass, GPS and smartphone. al, 14 Nov. 2022 Some mobile users may need to use this link to see this split ticket map and subsequent maps on this page. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 10 Nov. 2022 DualSense controller to any notable degree either, there’s just a little extra oomph in the rumble and some wonky touchpad support for map and inventory selection (that’s finicky at best). Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 3 Nov. 2022
Verb
Over the past year, representatives from Creative Culture and Sony Music visited and walked the gardens to plan and map out locations where lights and sculptures would be installed. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 For now, though, Burrow and the Bengals may have just figured out how to map out a thorough game plan until Chase returns. Mohammad Ahmad, cleveland, 6 Nov. 2022 Companies should clearly articulate and map out emerging talent demands by looking at what skills are needed to meet organizational goals. Aimee George Leary, Quartz, 1 Nov. 2022 The Philadelphia Phillies carry a cloud of chaos as their 27th man, the type of team that could either get beaten up on or create a chasm in the careful plan their opponents map out against them. Lindsey Adle, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2022 Helt wants to establish strategic plans and audit the bureau to map out a plan to improve performance without more state funding. oregonlive, 18 Oct. 2022 Williams coordinated with Davidson athletic director Chris Clunie to map out an academic plan that fit his schedule. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2022 But two days after the incident, Robinson was back at the Commanders’ facility to map out a rehab plan. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 25 Sep. 2022 Postponing Veritas, an orbiter that will map Venus’s surface in fine detail, will free up the staff needed to complete Psyche and two multibillion-dollar projects, the Europa Clipper and Mars sample return missions. Byscience News Staff, science.org, 10 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Medieval Latin mappa, from Latin, napkin, towel

First Known Use

Noun

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of map was in 1527

Dictionary Entries Near map

Cite this Entry

“Map.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/map. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

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noun

1
: a drawing or picture showing selected features of an area (as the surface of the earth or the moon or a section of the brain) and usually drawn to a given scale
2
: a drawing or picture of the sky showing the position of stars and planets

map

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verb

mapped; mapping
1
: to make a map of
map the heavens
2
: to chart the course of : plan in detail
often used with out
map out a campaign
mapper noun

Medical Definition

map 1 of 2

noun

: the arrangement of genes on a chromosome

called also genetic map

map

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verb

mapped; mapping

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

Biographical Definition

Map

biographical name

Walter circa 1140–circa 1209 English writer

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