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 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 This creation of a personal cartography — of anchoring himself in the life of the mind — might explain one of the lingering frustrations with Machado’s work: namely, his refusal to write more explicitly about slavery. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "A Master Storyteller From 19th-Century Brazil, Heir to the Greats and Entirely Sui Generis," 6 June 2018 Two hundred years after a cartoonist used Elbridge Gerry’s name to skewer political cartography, Mr. Gerry’s descendants think it’s time people start pronouncing it right. Madeline Marshall, WSJ, "Attention, America: We’ve All Been Saying Gerrymander Wrong," 24 May 2018 Whatever its historic value, no one seems to know who to credit for the crook cartography. Morgan Greene,, "A rare 1931 map of Chicago's 'Gangland' could be yours — for 20,000 pounds," 30 May 2018 In both studies, students were taught novel subject matter—probability or cartography—using different methods over the course of a few weeks. Matt Barnum, The Atlantic, "The Outdated Study That Education Reformers Keep Citing," 30 Jan. 2018 Special thanks to cartography research editor Irene Berman-Vaporis for help compiling the maps. Greg Miller, National Geographic, "Explore 100 Years of National Geographic Pull-Out Maps," 15 May 2018 Bill Rankin is a historian who teaches in the History of Science program at Yale University, and studies the politics of 20th-century cartography in particular. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Almost Everyone on Earth Lives in the Same Hemisphere," 23 Apr. 2018

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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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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