Definition of map noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

map

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noun
BrE BrE//mæp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//mæp//
 
The Earth and the atmosphere
 
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  •   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) large-scale maps Can you find Black Hill on the map? I'll draw you a map of how to get to my house. Wordfinderclimate, earth, equator, equinox, hemisphere, International Date Line, latitude, map, planet, tropic see also heat map, mind map, road map Wordfindercompass, globe, GPS, grid, key, latitude, map, navigate, reference, scale See related entries: The Earth and the atmosphere
  • Word Origin 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).Extra examples According to the map, we need to head north-east. Are you any good at reading maps? Click here to view a map of the area. He followed the map to Red Square. I printed out a map to the party. In 1924 the Soviet Union redrew the map of Central Asia. Large maps were displayed around the meeting room. Maps can reveal the history of a place. Our town is just off the map. The lane isn’t on the map. The museum is clearly marked on the map. We spread the map out on the floor. a road map of Florida a road map of the British Isles a street map of Havana a street map of central London maps depicting details such as mountain ranges and shorelines A sketch map of the region showed the main mining areas. Dan read the map while I drove. I can’t find the station—it must be off the map. I took with me an ordnance survey (OS) map. I’ll draw you a map of how to get to my house. It’s a good idea to have a bus/​tube/​underground map when you visit London. Maria consulted the map. The map isn’t detailed enough to show individual streets. The weather map showed storms approaching from the north. There’s a political map of Europe on page 28. Tourist maps are on sale in most newsagents. Try to find the river on the map. You’ll need a road map.Idioms
    put somebody/something on the map
     
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     to make somebody/something famous or important The exhibition has helped put the city on the map.
    wipe somebody/something off the face of the earth, wipe something off the map
     
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    to destroy or remove somebody/something completely
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: map