Mercator projection


Definition of Mercator projection

  1. :  a conformal map projection of which the meridians are usually drawn parallel to each other and the parallels of latitude are straight lines whose distance from each other increases with their distance from the equator

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Origin and Etymology of mercator projection

Gerardus Mercator

First Known Use: 1615

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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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