Definition of cartographer
: one that makes maps
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But there were other forces at work: war, fire, pestilence, and the cartographer’s pen.
Daniel White, a cartographer who, in his spare time, runs a popular YouTube channel about computer viruses, published a video demonstration of the malicious software in action on Thursday.
What perverted cartographer mapped out this man's mind—
In a recent foray into the Australian outback, Google’s amateur cartographers used a backpack to lug bulky camera equipment around Uluru, a popular tourist site also known as Ayers Rock.
Yet in the mind of an 18th-century cartographer, that was a reasonable expectation for how colony development was going to progress.
In the repertoire of Renaissance cartographers, fierce mythical beasts—from sea serpents to manticores—represented dangers of unknown worlds.
In the age of satellite imagery, cartographers have gotten great at creating detailed maps of the surface of the Earth, producing incredible data on remote regions that humans have probably never visited.
And it was drawn by somebody who was there for some time rather than a cartographer who just stopped by for a short period.
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Did You Know?
Up until the 18th century, maps were often decorated with fanciful beasts and monsters, at the expense of accurate details about places. French mapmakers of the 1700s and 1800s encouraged the use of more scientific methods in the art they called "cartographie." The French word cartographie (the science of making maps), from which we get our English word "cartography," was created from "carte," meaning "map," and "-graphie," meaning "representation by." Around the same time we adopted "cartography" in the mid-19th century, we also created our word for a mapmaker, "cartographer."
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CARTOGRAPHER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cartographer for English Language Learners
: a person who makes maps
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