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

Definition of cartography

: the science or art of making maps

Other Words from cartography

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

Examples of cartography in a Sentence

She studied cartography in college.
Recent Examples on the Web The various projects involve around 40 researchers in disciplines such as botanicals, cartography and glaciology and is supported by the Stelvio National Park and Italy's University of Padua. Adela Suliman,, 13 Nov. 2021 The various projects involve around 40 researchers in disciplines such as botanicals, cartography and glaciology and is supported by the Stelvio National Park and Italy’s University of Padua. Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2021 In a new exhibition, northern artists explore the idea of cartography as a way of experiencing, sharing, and communicating about our landscape. Anchorage Museum, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2021 This is something grander, messier, and much more compelling: an unstable cartography of images and ideas on the move, blowing across the globe like trade winds of the subconscious. New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Resettling humanity will not be a one-time proposition but an ongoing process that will pit our present political cartography of borders against our will to maximize our survival as a species. Susan Joy Hassol, Scientific American, 14 Oct. 2021 Indeed, a new generation of smart cartography is being made possible by the pervasive instrumentation of our environments, both natural and built, through remote sensing and the Internet of Things. Marianna Kantor, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Humminbird, part of Johnson Outdoors, produces marine electronics products including fish finders, multifunction displays, autopilots, ice flashers and cartography products. William Thornton |, al, 16 Sep. 2021 Utah lawmakers are inviting the public to put their cartography skills to good use, and create maps for the once-a-decade redistricting process. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 Sep. 2021

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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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19 Nov 2021

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“Cartography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cartography

: the process or skill of making maps

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