from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Mercator, Gerhardus Originally Gerhard Kremer. 1512-1594. Flemish cartographer who developed the Mercator projection (1568).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Pertaining to an orthomorphic map projection, in which meridians appear at right-angles to the equator, and lines of latitude are horizontal lines whose distance from each other increases with distance from the equator.
  • n. Such a projection or chart.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. Flemish geographer who lived in Germany; he invented the Mercator projection of maps of the globe (1512-1594)


Latinized name of Gerard de Cremer, Flemish cartographer and mathematician. (Wiktionary)



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