map

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See also: MAP and mập

English[edit]

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A map of the world.

Etymology[edit]

Shortening of Middle English mappemounde, mapemounde (world map), from Old French mapamonde, from Medieval Latin mappa mundī, compound of Latin mappa (napkin, cloth) and mundus (world).

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Noun[edit]

map (plural maps)

  1. A visual representation of an area, whether real or imaginary, showing the relative positions of places and other features.
    a map of Australia, a map of Lilliput
    • 2012 March–April, Brian Hayes, “Pixels or Perish”, in American Scientist[1], 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.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      Anna, it is a map.
      (file)
  2. A graphical or logical representation of any structure or system, showing the positions of or relationships between its components.
    a map of the human genome, a map of the Earth's magnetic field
    • 2012 March-April, Terrence J. Sejnowski, “Well-connected Brains”, in American Scientist[2], 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. (entomology) Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the genera Araschnia (especially, Araschnia levana) and Cyrestis, having map-like markings on the wings.
  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, video games) An imaginary or fictional area, often predefined and confined, where a game or a session thereof takes place.
    I don't want to play this map again!
    • 2015 February 14, Steven Strom, “Evolve Review: Middle of the food chain”, in Ars Technica[3]:
      On top of that, each of Evolve's maps are dim, open arenas with little to interact with besides the occasional hostile organism.

Usage notes[edit]

For the most part, map and function are synonyms in mathematics, and are frequently used interchangeably; 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[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To represent by means of a map.
    This large atlas maps the whole world in very great detail.
    Figure 3 maps the pressure distribution within the human circulatory system.
  2. (transitive) To create a map of; to examine or survey in order to gather information for a map.
    The team is mapping the route of the new railway line.
    The space probe is mapping the Earth's gravitational field.
    This equipment is designed to map the neurons of the human brain in three dimensions.
  3. (intransitive, followed by a "to" phrase) To have a direct relationship; to correspond.
    This doesn't map to my understanding of how things should work.
    • 2019, Li Huang; James Lambert, “Another Arrow for the Quiver: A New Methodology for Multilingual Researchers”, in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, DOI:10.1080/01434632.2019.1596115, page 8:
      Significantly, the aural-oral data does not map closely to the visual linguistic landscape at NIE.
  4. (transitive, followed by a "to" phrase) To create a direct relationship to; to create a correspondence with.
    Map "volume down" to the F2 key. (computing)
  5. (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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References[edit]

  • map at OneLook Dictionary Search

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Cornish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Cognate with Breton mab, Old Irish macc.

Noun[edit]

map m (plural mebyow)

  1. son
  2. boy

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from German Mappe, from Latin mappa.

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Noun[edit]

map f (plural mappen, diminutive mapje n)

  1. folder
  2. (computing) directory, folder

Descendants[edit]

  • Indonesian: map

Indonesian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Dutch map (folder), from German Mappe, from Latin mappa.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈmap̚/
  • Hyphenation: map

Noun[edit]

map (plural, first-person possessive mapku, second-person possessive mapmu, third-person possessive mapnya)

  1. folder.
    Synonym: folder

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Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

map f

  1. genitive plural of mapa

Scottish Gaelic[edit]

Noun[edit]

map m (genitive singular map, plural mapaichean)

  1. Alternative form of mapa

Mutation[edit]

Scottish Gaelic mutation
Radical Lenition
map mhap
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English map.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

map m (plural mapiau)

  1. map

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Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
map fap unchanged unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present) , “map”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies