map meaning

[ mæp ] Pronunciation:   "map" in a sentence
  • Noun: map  map
    1. A diagrammatic representation of the earth's surface (or part of it) 
    2. (mathematics) 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)
      - function, mathematical function, single-valued function, mapping
    Verb: map (mapped,mapping)  map
    1. Make a map of; show or establish the features of details of
      "map the surface of Venus" 
    2. Explore or survey for the purpose of making a map
      "We haven't even begun to map the many galaxies that we know exist" 
    3. Locate within a specific region of a chromosome in relation to known DNA or gene sequences
      "map the genes" 
    4. Plan, delineate, or arrange in detail
      "map one's future"
      - map out 
    5. Depict as if on a map
      "sorrow was mapped on the mother's face" 
    6. To establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets)
      - represent

    Derived forms: mapped, mapping, maps

    See also: mapper, mapping

    Type of: commute, contrive, depict, design, explore, interpret, locate, mathematical relation, permute, picture, plan, project, render, represent, representation, show, situate, transpose

    Encyclopedia: Map Map, Walter

  • [American slang]
    n. sheet music. (Jazz musicians.)
    • Check my map and see where you come in.
    • I left the map at home. Can I look at yours?

  • [Architecture]

    A graphic, planar depiction of the earth's surface, or a portion thereof, drawn to scale.

  • [Business]
    verb, noun

    verb [+ obj] (-pp-)


    to discover or give information about sth, especially the way it is arranged or organized:

    We used this software to map and manipulate the data.

    The team's job is mapping, analysing and improving our core systems.


    to match or link one or more items or qualities with those in a different group or area:

    It isn't easy to understand your objectives and map them against possible jobs.

    Skills mapping is used to assign employees to specific tasks.


    map sth on/onto sth

    to link data, a group of qualities, items, etc. with their source, cause, position on a scale, etc:

    I took the information and mapped it onto a graph.

    map sth out

    to plan or arrange sth in a careful or detailed way:

    He has his career path clearly mapped out.

    The manager met her team to map out goals for the coming week.



    a drawing or plan of the earth's surface or part of it, showing countries, towns, rivers, etc:

    a map of New Zealand

    an airline route map


    put sb/sth on the map

    to make sb/sth famous or important:

    The campaign has helped put the company on the map as a major fashion brand.

  • [Defence]
    Military Assistance Program; missed approach point; missed approach procedure


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  1. the broad lines on the map correspond to roads ..
  2. all right, let's have the opposition map.
  3. he had prepared a map for his mine defense.
  4. the broad lines on the map correspond to roads ..
  5. we traced out our route on the map.

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