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Webster 1913 Edition


Map

Map

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

Map

,
Verb.
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.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Map

MAP

,
Noun.
[L. mappa, a cloth or towel, a Punic word.] A representation of the surface of the earth or of any part of it, drawn on paper or other material, exhibiting the lines of latitude and longitude,and the positions of countries, kingdoms, states, mountains, rivers, &c. A map of the earth, or of a large portion of it, comprehends a representation of land and water; but a representation of a continent or any portion of land only, is properly a map, and a representation of the ocean only or any portion of it, is called a chart. We say, a map of England, of France, of Europe; but a chart of the Atlantic, of the Pacific, &c.

MAP

,
Verb.
T.
To draw or delineate, as the figure of any portion of land.

Definition 2022


map

map

See also: MAP and mập

English

A map of the world.

Noun

map (plural maps)

  1. A visual representation of an area, whether real or imaginary.
    • 2012 MarchApril, Brian Hayes, “Pixels or Perish”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 106:
      Drawings and pictures are more than mere ornaments in scientific discourse. Blackboard sketches, geological maps, diagrams of molecular structure, astronomical photographs, MRI images, the many varieties of statistical charts and graphs: These pictorial devices are indispensable tools for presenting evidence, for explaining a theory, for telling a story.
  2. A graphical representation of the relationships between objects, components or themes.
    • 2012 March-April, Terrence J. Sejnowski, “Well-connected Brains”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 171:
      Creating a complete map of the human connectome would therefore be a monumental milestone but not the end of the journey to understanding how our brains work.
  3. (mathematics) A function.
    Let be a map from to
  4. The butterfly Araschnia levana.
  5. (Britain, old-fashioned) The face.
    • 1960, P. G. Wodehouse, Jeeves in the Offing, chapter X:
      And as the eye rested on him, he too filled me with pity and terror, for his map was flushed and his manner distraught. He looked like Jack Dempsey at the conclusion of his first conference with Gene Tunney, the occasion, if you remember, when he forgot to duck.
  6. (board games, computer games) A predefined and confined imaginary area where a game session takes place.
    I don't want to play this map again!

Usage notes

For the most part, map and function are synonyms in mathematics, and are frequently used interchangably, however certain branches of mathematics sometimes use map in a specialised sense to mean a function that preserves some important property in that branch of mathematics, i.e. a morphism. For instance, in topology, map may specifically mean a continuous function, and in linear algebra it may specifically mean a linear transformation.

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Verb

map (third-person singular simple present maps, present participle mapping, simple past and past participle mapped)

  1. To create a visual representation of a territory, etc. via cartography.
  2. To inform someone of a particular idea.
  3. (mathematics, transitive, followed by a "to" phrase) To act as a function on something, taking it to something else.
    maps to , mapping every to .

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Cornish

Etymology

Cognate with Breton mab, Old Irish macc.

Noun

map m (plural mebyow)

  1. son
  2. boy

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɑp

Noun

map f (plural mappen, diminutive mapje n)

  1. folder
  2. (computing) directory, folder

Lojban

Rafsi

map

  1. rafsi of mapku.

Polish

Noun

map

  1. genitive plural of mapa

Scottish Gaelic

Noun

map m (genitive singular map, plural mapaichean)

  1. Alternative form of mapa