Mercator projection

noun

: 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

Illustration of Mercator projection

Illustration of mercator projection

Word History

Etymology

Gerardus Mercator

First Known Use

1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Mercator projection was in 1615

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Cite this Entry

“Mercator projection.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Mercator%20projection. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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