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.
a maplike delineation, representation, or reflection of anything: The old man's face is a map of time.
to represent or delineate on or as if on a map.
to sketch or plan (often followed by out): to map out a new career.
Idioms about map
off the map, out of existence; into oblivion: Whole cities were wiped off the map.
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.
- 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)
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
If you zoom in on Google Maps, you can just make out the jumbles of industrial machinery tucked away inside.
As for the picture of her house, “It was obviously taken off Google Maps.”A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat | Annie Gaus | December 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As night closes in, he works facing a framed photograph of his daughters, a wall of Virunga maps at his back.A Belgian Prince, Gorillas, Guerrillas & the Future of the Congo | Nina Strochlic | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Your new film Maps to the Stars, though very different, could have easily shared a title with your book.David Cronenberg: Why Frustrated Novelists Hate the Screenplay | Craig Hubert | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
You can get directions from a stranger on the sidewalk instead of using Google Maps.
These maps were prepared for cyclists, and many of the hills seem insignificant to a powerful motor.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
The easiest way to cultivate the geographic sense is by practising the art of making sketch maps.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
As is shown by the maps of Mars, the surface is occupied by shadings which seem to indicate the existence of water and lands.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
A series of 12 Maps compiled from the best sources, on the scale of four miles to the inch.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry | Thomas Anderson
At the store Scattergood spread his maps before the young man, and pointed to a certain spot.Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
British Dictionary definitions for map (1 of 2)
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
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
map onto (intr) to fit in with or correspond to
- mappable, adjective
- mapless, adjective
- mapper, noun
British Dictionary definitions for Map (2 of 2)
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
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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