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[kahr-tog-ruh-fee] /kɑrˈtɒg rə fi/
the production of maps, including construction of projections, design, compilation, drafting, and reproduction.
Origin of cartography
1855-60; < Latin c(h)art(a) carte + -o- + -graphy
Related forms
[kahr-tuh-graf, -grahf] /ˈkɑr təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/ (Show IPA),
cartographer, noun
[kahr-tuh-graf-ik] /ˌkɑr təˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
cartographical, adjective
cartographically, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cartography
  • The cartography was accurate enough, but you never got a clear sense of the native terrain.
  • The top publisher of city maps runs two excellent shops dedicated to cartography and travel.
  • Stunning images from space draw visual links between real-world scenes and cartography.
  • cartography has been instrumental to geography throughout the ages.
  • It remains one of the seminal feats in the history of cartography.
  • There's something about cartography that lends itself to visualizing much more than land and geography.
  • Trying to map the brain has always been cartography for fools.
  • The history of cartography at the school of mathematics and statistics, university of st.
British Dictionary definitions for cartography


the art, technique, or practice of compiling or drawing maps or charts
Derived Forms
cartographer, chartographer, noun
cartographic (ˌkɑːtəˈɡræfɪk), cartographical, chartographic, chartographical, adjective
cartographically, chartographically, adverb
Word Origin
C19: from French cartographie, from carte map, chart
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Word Origin and History for cartography

1843, from French cartographie, from Medieval Latin carta (see card (n.)) + French -graphie, from Greek -graphein "to write, to draw" (see -graphy). Related: Cartographer; cartographic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cartography in Science
The art or technique of making maps or charts.
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