car·​tog·​ra·​phy | \ kär-ˈtä-grə-fē How to pronounce cartography (audio) \

Definition of cartography

: the science or art of making maps

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Other Words from cartography

cartographic \ ˌkär-​tə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce cartographic (audio) \ or less commonly cartographical \ ˌkär-​tə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce cartographical (audio) \ adjective
cartographically \ ˌkär-​tə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cartographically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cartography in a Sentence

She studied cartography in college.
Recent Examples on the Web Recognizing slave revolt as a species of warfare is the first step toward a new cartography of Atlantic slavery. Vincent Brown, Time, "How One Man's Story Offers a New Way to Understand Slave Insurrection," 17 Jan. 2020 Digital lake cartography represents the ultimate tool for locating productive ice fishing areas. Field & Stream, "10 High-Tech Tools to Change the Way You Ice Fish," 18 Dec. 2019 And Russia is not the only country that has raised such a fuss over cartography., "The United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Russia over its seizure of Crimea, and both still view the peninsula as part of Ukraine.," 28 Nov. 2019 Despite their shortcomings, Humboldt’s use of maps as tools of scientific exploration put him on the cutting edge of a revolution in cartography in the 19th century, Schulten writes in her 2012 book, Mapping the Nation. Greg Miller, Smithsonian, "The Pioneering Maps of Alexander von Humboldt," 16 Oct. 2019 The city became a complex overlay of digital, material, environmental, and social cartographies. Larissa Hjorth, Quartz, "Social workers in Spain are prescribing Pokémon Go to fight loneliness," 8 July 2019 Andrew Sole, a physical geography researcher at the University of Sheffield, tells Hannah Osborne at Newsweek. Cataloguing the lakes under the ice isn’t just an exercise in cartography. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "More Than 50 Lakes Found Under Greenland Ice Sheet," 27 June 2019 Wanting to know what the contemporary danger to human populations were in the area, researchers mixed satellite work with Open Street Map, an open-access, street-level cartography database, to find out. Robin George Andrews, National Geographic, "Flash floods threaten more people than thought, as ice melts," 18 Apr. 2019 To mend their cosmic cartography, astrophysicists have spent years debating what could be powering this excess of energetic light. Quanta Magazine, "Dark Matter Gets a Reprieve in New Analysis," 29 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of cartography

circa 1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cartography

French cartographie, from carte card, map + -graphie -graphy — more at card entry 1

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The first known use of cartography was circa 1847

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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cartography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cartography

: the process or skill of making maps

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