1. The rectangular limits (xmin,ymin and xmax,ymax) of the area of the Earth’s surface displayed using ArcInfo. Map extent is specified in the coordinate system of the coverage or other geographic data set used. Typically, the extent of the geographic database (or a portion of it defined by a zoomed-in view) defines the map extent for display. 2. The geographic extent of a geographic data set specified by the minimum bounding rectangle (i.e., xmin,ymin and xmax,ymax).