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”).
map (plural maps)
- A visual representation of an area, whether real or imaginary.
- A graphical representation of the relationships between objects, components or themes.
- (mathematics) A function.
- (entomology) Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the genera Araschnia (especially, Araschnia levana) and Cyrestis, having map-like markings on the wings.
- (Britain, old-fashioned) The face.
- (board games, video games) An imaginary or fictional area, often predefined and confined, where a game or a session thereof takes place.
map (third-person singular simple present maps, present participle mapping, simple past and past participle mapped)
- To create a visual representation of a territory, etc. via cartography.
- To inform someone of a particular idea.
- (mathematics, transitive, followed by a "to" phrase) To act as a function on something, taking it to something else.
- (transitive, followed by a "to" phrase) To have a direct relationship; to correspond.