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[map] /mæp/
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.
Mathematics, function (def 4a).
Slang. the face:
Wipe that smile off that ugly map of yours.
Genetics. genetic map.
verb (used with object), mapped, mapping.
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.
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.
Origin of map
1350-1400; Middle English mappe-(mounde) < Medieval Latin mappa mundī map of the world; special use of Latin mappa napkin, said to be < Punic
Related forms
mappable, adjective
mapper, noun
remap, verb (used with object), remapped, remapping.
self-mapped, adjective
unmappable, adjective
unmapped, adjective
well-mapped, adjective
1. plan, outline, diagram. 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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for maps
  • It was a large long room with some large maps in it.
  • Essentially, the app provides you with high-quality scans of subway maps from all over the world.
  • The end product will be maps of subjective experience.
  • Aid agencies relied on text messages from cellphones and crowd-sourced maps to direct rescue workers.
  • But the people are long gone, and the places don't show up on any modern road maps.
  • The instrument maps water movement and measures the river's depth.
  • It's more modern looking than any of the maps that followed it.
  • It is not uncommon to see guidebooks and maps spread out on the nascent eatery's outdoor tables.
  • The proposed maps drew immediate criticism in some quarters.
  • maps that include more populated areas also contain plenty of road information.
British Dictionary definitions for maps


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 maps



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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maps 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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maps 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 maps


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

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Related Abbreviations for maps


microtubule-associated proteins


  1. measuring air pollution from space
  2. mesoscale analysis and prediction system
  3. Meteorological and Aeronautical Presentation System


  1. mean arterial pressure
  2. modified American plan
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Idioms and Phrases with maps
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