Meaning of MAP in English


I. ˈmap noun

Etymology: Medieval Latin mappa, from Latin, napkin, towel

Date: 1527


a. : a representation usually on a flat surface of the whole or a part of an area

b. : a representation of the celestial sphere or a part of it

2. : something that represents with a clarity suggestive of a map

the Freudian map of the mind — Harold Bloom

3. : the arrangement of genes on a chromosome — called also genetic map

4. : function 5a

• map·like -ˌlīk adjective

- all over the map

- on the map

II. verb

( mapped ; map·ping )

Date: 1586

transitive verb


a. : to make a map of

map the surface of the moon

b. : to delineate as if on a map

sorrow was mapped on her face

c. : to make a survey of for or as if for the purpose of making a map

d. : to assign (as a set or element) in a mathematical or exact correspondence

map a set onto itself

map picture elements to video memory

2. : to plan in detail — often used with out

map out a program

3. : to locate (a gene) on a chromosome

intransitive verb

1. of a gene : to be located

2. : to be assigned in a relation or connection

the major problems confronting humankind…do not map well onto the traditional disciplines — P. W. Porter

• map·pa·ble ˈma-pə-bəl adjective

• map·per noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.