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.

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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 The primary payload is ISRO's Cartosat 2D observation satellite, the fifth satellite in the Cartosat-2 constellation used for cartography and Earth imaging. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "India Plans to Launch 104 Satellites With Just One Rocket," 31 Jan. 2017 To make the expansion possible, Cadillac ramped up its cartography. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places," 11 June 2019 The differences are documented in excruciatingly fine detail in a post by digital cartography blogger Justin O’Beirne. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Apple Maps has surpassed Google Maps in detail… in 3.1 percent of the US," 2 Nov. 2018 O'Leary came up with the idea for his cartography bot while participating in National Novel Generating Month, or NaNoGenMo. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Bot Creates Beautiful Maps of Fantasy Novel Worlds and Then Tweets Them Every Hour," 17 Aug. 2016

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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

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The first known use of cartography was circa 1847

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English Language Learners Definition of cartography

: the process or skill of making maps

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