Definition of cartography in English:


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


[mass noun]
The science or practice of drawing maps.
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  • 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.


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



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  • Gerardus Mercator was a geographer, cartographer and mathematician born in Flanders.
  • Dutch cartographers dominated the seventeenth century and French and British cartographers the eighteenth century.
  • Critical cartographers urge a profound revision of traditional cartography as taught in academic Geography.


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  • In 1552 Mercator moved to Duisburg where he opened a cartographic workshop.
  • A comprehensive catalog provides information about each map's cartographic relevance and provenance, author, the publisher and date of publication, and other historical and geographic facts.
  • Related to these cartographic studies Cassini published Geometric description of the world and Geometric description of France.


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  • 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.


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  • What had previously seemed a confusing movement of birds south each fall became a set of paths that biologists could display cartographically.
  • A warning for the cartographically hopeless: Grace is difficult to find unless you've been there before.
  • Fascinating work on the election for the cartographically inclined can be found here, where the results take into account population levels.

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