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[map] /mæp/
Walter, c1140–1209? Welsh ecclesiastic, poet, and satirist.
Also, Mapes
[meyps, mey-peez] /meɪps, ˈmeɪ piz/ (Show IPA)
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  • Look at the astonishing crops of Professor mapes, at Newark.

    Guano Solon Robinson
  • He heard mapes' pistol bark four times more as the things closed in.

    Zehru of Xollar Hal K. Wells
  • Zehru noted mapes' fleeing figure almost as quickly as did Blake.

    Zehru of Xollar Hal K. Wells
  • Prof. mapes says he has made use of such an implement with great advantage.

    Farm drainage Henry Flagg French
  • "Good-evening, girls," said Mrs. mapes, coming in with a newspaper in her hand.

    The Adopting of Rosa Marie Carroll Watson Rankin
  • Then the father, in his turn, tried to persuade the son to leave the mapes Field.

    Gypsies of the Air Bess Moyer
  • Listen here, mapes, for the last time I ask you to bring back my boy.

    Gypsies of the Air Bess Moyer
  • Maybe we can catch those two mapes girls before they do any more damage.

    Gypsies of the Air Bess Moyer
  • “Why I am only too glad to give them to you,” Miss mapes said.

    The Heroes of the School Allen Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for mapes


a diagrammatic representation of the earth's surface or part of it, showing the geographical distributions, positions, etc, of natural or artificial features such as roads, towns, relief, rainfall, etc
a diagrammatic representation of the distribution of stars or of the surface of a celestial body: a lunar map
a maplike drawing of anything
(maths) another name for function (sense 4)
a slang word for face (sense 1)
off the map, no longer important or in existence (esp in the phrase wipe off the map)
put on the map, to make (a town, company, etc) well-known
verb (transitive) maps, mapping, mapped
to make a map of
(maths) to represent or transform (a function, figure, set, etc): the results were mapped onto a graph See also map out
(intransitive) map onto, to fit in with or correspond to
Derived Forms
mappable, adjective
mapless, adjective
mapper, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin mappa (mundi) map (of the world), from Latin mappa cloth


Walter. ?1140–?1209, Welsh ecclesiastic and satirical writer. His chief work is the miscellany De Nugis curialium
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Word Origin and History for mapes



1580s, from map (n.). Related: Mapped, mapping. To map (something) out in the figurative sense is from 1610s.



1520s, shortening of Middle English mapemounde "map of the world" (late 14c.), and in part from Middle French mappe, shortening of Old French mapemonde, both English and French words from Medieval Latin mappa mundi "map of the world;" first element from Latin mappa "napkin, cloth" (on which maps were drawn), "tablecloth, signal-cloth, flag," said by Quintilian to be of Punic origin (cf. Talmudic Hebrew mappa, contraction of Mishnaic menaphah "a fluttering banner, streaming cloth") + Latin mundi "of the world," from mundus "universe, world" (see mundane). Commonly used 17c. in a figurative sense of "epitome; detailed representation." To put (something) on the map "bring it to wide attention" is from 1913.

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mapes in Medicine

map (māp)

  1. The human face.

  2. A genetic map.

v. mapped, map·ping, maps
  1. To make a map of.

  2. To locate a gene or DNA sequence in a specific region of a chromosome in relation to known genes or DNA sequences.

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mapes in Science
  1. A representation of a region of three-dimensional space, such as of the Earth or a part of the universe, usually on a two-dimensional plane surface. See also projection.

  2. See genetic map.

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Slang definitions & phrases for mapes



  1. The face: A funny look spread over Kenney's crimson map (1908+)
  2. A bank check (1950s+ Gambling)
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Idioms and Phrases with mapes
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