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  1. a representation, usually on a flat surface, as of the features of an area of the earth or a portion of the heavens, showing them in their respective forms, sizes, and relationships according to some convention of representation: a map of Canada.

  2. a maplike delineation, representation, or reflection of anything: The old man's face is a map of time.

  1. Mathematics. function (def. 4a).

  2. Slang. the face: Wipe that smile off that ugly map of yours.

  3. Genetics. genetic map.

verb (used with object),mapped, map·ping.
  1. to represent or delineate on or as if on a map.

  2. to sketch or plan (often followed by out): to map out a new career.

Idioms about map

  1. off the map, out of existence; into oblivion: Whole cities were wiped off the map.

  2. put on the map, to bring into the public eye; make known, famous, or prominent:The discovery of gold put our town on the map.

Origin of map

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English mappe-(mounde), from Medieval Latin mappa mundī “map of the world,” special use of Latin mappa “napkin,” said to be from Punic; perhaps compare Mishnaic Hebrew mapāh “tablecloth”

synonym study For map

1. Map, chart, graph refer to representations of surfaces, areas, or facts. Map most commonly refers to a representation of the surface of the earth or a section of it, or an area of the sky: a map of England. A chart may be an outline map with symbols conveying information superimposed on it, a map designed especially for navigators on water or in the air, a diagram, or a table giving information in an orderly form: a chart of the shoals off a coast. A graph may be a diagram representing a set of interrelated facts by means of dots or lines on a coordinate background; or it may use small figures (people, animals, machines, etc.) appropriate to the facts being represented, each figure standing for a specific number in statistics being given: a graph of the rise in population from 1900 to 1980.

Other words for map

Other words from map

  • map·pa·ble, adjective
  • mapper, noun
  • re·map, verb (used with object), re·mapped, re·map·ping.
  • self-mapped, adjective
  • un·map·pa·ble, adjective
  • un·mapped, adjective
  • well-mapped, adjective

Other definitions for Map (2 of 3)

[ map ]

  1. Walter, c1140–1209?, Welsh ecclesiastic, poet, and satirist.

  • Also Mapes [meyps, mey-peez]. /meɪps, ˈmeɪ piz/.

Other definitions for MAP (3 of 3)

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How to use map in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for map (1 of 2)


/ (mæp) /

  1. 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

  2. a diagrammatic representation of the distribution of stars or of the surface of a celestial body: a lunar map

  1. a maplike drawing of anything

  2. maths another name for function (def. 4)

  3. a slang word for face (def. 1)

  4. off the map no longer important or in existence (esp in the phrase wipe off the map)

  5. put on the map to make (a town, company, etc) well-known

verbmaps, mapping or mapped (tr)
  1. to make a map of

  2. maths to represent or transform (a function, figure, set, etc): the results were mapped onto a graph See also map out

  1. map onto (intr) to fit in with or correspond to

Origin of map

C16: from Medieval Latin mappa (mundi) map (of the world), from Latin mappa cloth

Derived forms of map

  • mappable, adjective
  • mapless, adjective
  • mapper, noun

British Dictionary definitions for Map (2 of 2)


Mapes (mæps, ˈmeɪpiːz)

/ (mæp) /

  1. Walter. ?1140–?1209, Welsh ecclesiastic and satirical writer. His chief work is the miscellany De Nugis curialium

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Scientific definitions for map


[ măp ]

  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.

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Other Idioms and Phrases with map


see put on the map; wipe off the map.

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