— mappable , adj. — mapper , n.
/map/ , n. , v. , mapped, mapping .
1. a representation, usually on a flat surface, as of the features of an area of the earth or a portion of the heavens, showing them in their respective forms, sizes, and relationships according to some convention of representation: a map of Canada.
2. a maplike delineation, representation, or reflection of anything: The old man's face is a map of time.
3. Math. function (def. 4a).
4. Slang. the face: Wipe that smile off that ugly map of yours.
5. Genetics. See genetic map .
6. off the map , out of existence; into oblivion: Whole cities were wiped off the map.
7. put on the map , to bring into the public eye; make known, famous, or prominent: The discovery of gold put our town on the map.
8. to represent or delineate on or as if on a map.
9. to sketch or plan (often fol. by out ): to map out a new career.
[ 1350-1400; ME mappe- ( mounde ) mappa mundi map of the world; special use of L mappa napkin, said to be
Syn. 1. plan, outline, diagram. MAP, CHART, GRAPH refer to representations of surfaces, areas, or facts. MAP most commonly refers to a representation of the surface of the earth or a section of it, or an area of the sky: a map of England. A CHART may be an outline map with symbols conveying information superimposed on it, a map designed esp. for navigators on water or in the air, a diagram, or a table giving information in an orderly form: a chart of the shoals off a coast.
A GRAPH may be a diagram representing a set of interrelated facts by means of dots or lines on a coordinate background; or it may use small figures (people, animals, machines, etc.) appropriate to the facts being represented, each figure standing for a specific number in statistics being given: a graph of the rise in population from 1900 to 1980.