Map \map\, n. [From F. mappe, in mappemonde
map of the world, fr. L. mappa napkin, signal cloth; -- a
Punic word. Cf Apron, Napkin, Nappe.]
- 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
- Anything which represents graphically a succession of events,
states, or acts; as, an historical map
Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn.
- A diagrammatic representation of the earth's surface (or 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.
- A function such that for every element of one set there is a
unique element of another set [syn: mapping, correspondence]
Map \map\, v. 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. --Shak
- Make a map of; show or establish the features of details of:
"map the surface of Venus"
- Explore or survey for the purpose of making a map; "We haven't
even begun to map the many galaxies that we know exist"
- Locate within a specific region of a chromosome in relation to
known DNA or gene sequences; "map the genes"
- Plan, delineate, or arrange in detail; ""map one's future"
[syn: map out]
- Depict as if on a map; "sorrow was mapped on the mother's
- To establish a mapping (of mathematical elements or sets) [syn: