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Mollweide projection Syllabification: Moll·wei·de pro·jec·tion
Pronunciation: /ˈmôlˌvidə/ /-wīdə/

Definition of Mollweide projection in English:


A projection of a map of the world onto an ellipse, with lines of latitude represented by straight lines (spaced more closely toward the poles) and meridians represented by equally spaced elliptical curves. This projection distorts shape but preserves relative area.
Example sentences
  • The Mollweide projection compresses the extreme latitudes vertically and stretches them horizontally.
  • In fact the projection is the Mollweide projection in which all meridians but the central on are elliptical arcs.
  • The Mollweide projection was one of the first (if not the first) pseudocylindrical projection created.


Early 20th century: named after Karl B. Mollweide (died 1825), German mathematician and astronomer.

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