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Meaning of map by Wiktionary Dictionary


    A map of the world.


    Shortening of Middle English mapemounde 'world map', Old French mapemonde, from Medieval Latin mappa mundi, compound of Latin mappa 'napkin, cloth' and mundus 'world', mappa borrowed from Phoenician ( compare Talmudic Hebrew maffa, contraction of menafa 'fluttering banner' ). More at mundane .


    • ( RP ) & ( US ): IPA: /mæp/, X-SAMPA: /m{p/
    • Rhymes: -æp


    map ( plural: maps )

    1. A visual representation of an area, whether real or imaginary .
    2. ( mathematics ) A function .
      The discrete topology is always continuous, therefore functions with discrete domains are always maps .
    3. ( topology ) A continuous function .
    4. A diagram of components of an item .
    5. The butterfly Araschnia levana .
    6. ( UK, old-fashioned ) Someone's face.


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    • amp, AMP
    • APM
    • MPA
    • pam, Pam, PAM

Explanation of map by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. to establish a mapping ( of mathematical elements or sets )

    2. explore or survey for the purpose of making a map

    3. We haven't even begun to map the many galaxies that we know exist
    4. make a map of

    5. map the surface of Venus
    6. depict as if on a map

    7. sorrow was mapped on the mother's face
    8. plan, delineate, or arrange in detail

    9. map one's future
    10. locate within a specific region of a chromosome in relation to known DNA or gene sequences

    11. map the genes
    1. a diagrammatic representation of the earth's surface ( or part of it )

    2. a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set ( the domain of the function ) is associated with an element of another set ( the range of the function )

    Definition of map by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Map ( măp ), n. [From F. mappe, in mappemonde map of the world, fr. L. mappa napkin, signal cloth; -- a Punic word. Cf. Apron, Napkin, Nappe.]
      1. A representation of the surface of the earth, or of some portion of it, showing the relative position of the parts represented; -- usually on a flat surface. Also, such a representation of the celestial sphere, or of some part of it.

      ☞ There are five principal kinds of projection used in making maps: the orthographic, the stereographic, the globuar, the conical, and the cylindrical, or Mercator's projection. See Projection.

      2. A graphical representation of anything showing the relative arrangement of its parts in a maplike form.

      3. Anything which represents graphically a succession of events, states, or acts; as, “an historical map”.

      Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn. Shak.

      4. ( Mathematics ) A relation between two sets in which an element of one set is associated with each element of the other set. Also called a mapping, transformation, or correspondence.

      Map lichen ( Bot. ), a lichen ( Lecidea geographica. ) growing on stones in curious maplike figures. Dr. Prior.

    2. Map, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mapped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Mapping] To represent by a map; -- often with out; as, “to survey and map, or map out, a county”. Hence, figuratively: To represent or indicate systematically and clearly; to sketch; to plan; as, “to map, or map out, a journey; to map out business.”

      I am near to the place where they should meet, if Pisanio have mapped it truly. Shak.

      2. ( Mathematics ) To create a mapping between two sets; see map4, n.. Also, to create any list of corresponding elements of two sets of things; as, “to map the symbols of an ancient language into a modern phonetic alphabet”.