/ mæp; NAmE / noun , verb
a drawing or plan of the earth's surface or part of it, showing countries, towns, rivers, etc. :
a map of France
a street map of Miami
to read a / the map (= understand the information on a map)
Can you find Black Hill on the map ?
I'll draw you a map of how to get to my house.
—see also road map
- put sb/sth on the map
—more at wipe verb
■ verb ( -pp- ) [ vn ]
to make a map of an area
SYN chart :
an unexplored region that has not yet been mapped
to discover or give information about sth, especially the way it is arranged or organized :
It is now possible to map the different functions of the brain.
► map·ping noun [ U ]:
the mapping of the Indian subcontinent
- map sth on / onto sth
- map sth out
early 16th cent.: from medieval Latin mappa mundi , literally sheet of the world, from Latin mappa sheet, napkin + mundi of the world (genitive of mundus ).