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cartography Line breaks: car¦tog|raphy
Pronunciation: /kɑːˈtɒɡrəfi/

Definition of cartography in English:


[mass noun]
The science or practice of drawing maps.
Example sentences
  • So there is good reason to say that during the war, military geography and military cartography emerged as full-fledged sciences in their own right.
  • Mercator had studied geography, cartography and mathematics at the University of Louvain in Belgium.
  • Cosmographia provided a layman's introduction to such subjects as astronomy, geography, cartography, surveying, navigation and mathematical instruments.


Example sentences
  • Discussions about temporal and historical dimensions of cartographical styles are far-ranging, as are the reflections of narrative legends, myths, and worldviews.
  • One of these, the Dauphin map, charts a coastline which, when cartographical differences have been accounted for, closely resembles the eastern coast of Australia.
  • Alongside such cartographical successes developed explanations for the geographical differences that emerged.


Mid 19th century: from French cartographie, from carte 'map, card' (see card1) + -graphie (see -graphy).

Words that rhyme with cartography

autobiography, bibliography, biography, cardiography, chirography, choreography, chromatography, cinematography, cosmography, cryptography, demography, discography, filmography, geography, hagiography, historiography, hydrography, iconography, lexicography, lithography, oceanography, orthography, palaeography (US paleography), photography, radiography, reprography, stenography, topography, typography
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