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Guide vs Map - What's the difference?

guide | map |

As a verb guide

is .

As an initialism map is

(travel) modified american plan, a hotel rate that included accommodation, breakfast and dinner, but not lunch.



(wikipedia guide)


(en noun)
  • Someone who , especially someone hired to show people around a place or an institution and offer information and explanation.
  • The guide led us around the museum and explained the exhibits.
  • * Bible, Psalms xlviii. 14
  • He will be our guide , even unto death.
  • A document or book that offers information or instruction; guidebook.
  • A sign that guides people; guidepost.
  • Any marking or object that catches the eye to provide quick reference.
  • A device that guides part of a machine, or guides motion or action.
  • # A blade or channel for directing the flow of water to the buckets in a water wheel.
  • # A grooved director for a probe or knife in surgery.
  • # (printing, dated) A strip or device to direct the compositor's eye to the line of copy being set.
  • (occult) A spirit believed to speak through a medium.
  • (military) A member of a group marching in formation who sets the pattern of movement or alignment for the rest.
  • Derived terms

    * career guide * Girl Guide * guidance * guidebook * guide dog * guideline * guide on the side * guidepost * mountain guide * style guide * tour guide * user guide * user's guide


  • to serve as a guide for someone or something; to lead or direct in a way; to conduct in a course or path.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Guide me to your sovereign's court.
  • to steer or navigate, especially a ship or as a pilot.
  • to exert control or influence over someone or something.
  • * Bible, Psalms cxii. 5
  • He will guide his affairs with discretion.
  • to supervise the education or training of someone.
  • to act as a guide.
  • References

    * (guide) * * * ----




    (en noun)
  • A visual representation of an area, whether real or imaginary.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March–April
  • , author= , title=Pixels or Perish , volume=100, issue=2, page=106 , magazine= citation , passage=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.}}
  • (mathematics)   A function.
  • The discrete topology is always continuous, therefore functions with discrete domains are always maps.
  • (topology)   A continuous function.
  • A diagram of components of an item.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2012, month=March-April
  • , author= , title=Well-connected Brains , volume=100, issue=2, page=171 , magazine=(American Scientist) citation , passage=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.}}
  • The butterfly .
  • (UK, old-fashioned)   Someone's face.
  • * {{quote-book
  • , year=1960 , author= , title=(Jeeves in the Offing) , section=chapter X , passage=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.}}
  • (board games, computer games)   A predefined and confined imaginary area where a game session takes place.
  • "I don't want to play this map again!"


    * plan * chart * (mathematics) mapping, function.

    Derived terms

    * argument map * concept map * * mapmaker * mapmaking * mind map * overworld map * texture map * thematic map * topic map


  • To create a visual representation of a territory, etc. via cartography.
  • To inform someone of a particular idea.
  • (mathematics) To act as a function on.
  • f'' maps''' ''A'' to ''B'', ' mapping a\in A to b\in B.
  • (topology) To act as a continuous function on.
  • The discrete topology is always continuous, therefore functions with discrete domains are always mappings.

    Derived terms

    * map out