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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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  • The personal claim of walter map, even if disproved, would not carry the English claim with it in its fall.

  • All external evidence points to walter map; no internal evidence, that I have seen, seems to me really to point away from him.

  • The long speeches of walter map and the immense period of Margery tempt the student to exercise his agility.

    Alfred Tennyson Andrew Lang
  • Still more striking is the universality of the intellectual inquisitiveness of walter map.

  • walter map's work in these was, as we shall see, one of the great literary accomplishments of all time.

    The Thirteenth James J. Walsh
  • walter map declared the Cistercian creed to be that no man could serve God without mammon.

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  • Anyhow it fell into the hands of the well-known walter map, and his exhaustless energy and invention at once seized upon it.

  • Characteristics of the same sort are found, with much more sparkling wit, in the Latin works of walter map.

  • Probably even to-day the majority would name walter map as the populariser, if not the inventor, of the Grail legend.

    The Three Days' Tournament Jessie L. Weston
  • walter map, writing between 1182 and 1189, speaks of him as over a hundred and well-nigh blind.

    Woman under Monasticism Lina Eckenstein
British Dictionary definitions for walter map


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 walter map



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.


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

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walter map 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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walter map 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 walter map



  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 walter map
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