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.

⇒ 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. See Projection.


Anything which represents graphically a succession of events, states, or acts; as, an historical map.

Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn. Shak.

Map lichen Bot., a lichen (Lecidea geographica.) growing on stones in curious maplike figures.

Dr. Prior.


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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.


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