Definitions

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

  • n. The art or technique of making maps or charts.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art or business of forming charts or maps.

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

  • n. the making of maps and charts

Etymologies

French cartographie : carte, map (from Old French, from Latin charta, carta, paper made from papyrus; see card1) + -graphie, writing (from Greek graphiā; see -graphy).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cartographie, from carte ("map") (ultimately from Ancient Greek χάρτης (khartēs, "sheet of paper")) + -graphie ("-graphy") (, from γράφω (graphō, "write")). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Because I happened to look over at the table next to me and saw a copy of Imago Mundi, the International Journal of the History of Cartography sitting at a nice gentleman's table, and proceeded to have a long conversation with a former boatbuilder turned graduate student in cartography, finishing his dissertation on commercial Dutch maps of the 18th century.

    I Love the Smell of Maps in the Morning

  • Philippe Marie Guillaume Vandermaelen (1795-1869) was a Flemish cartographer responsible for what has been described as "one of the most remarkable developments of private enterprise in cartography".

    Did You Know? Trade in Mexico's cacti grew in the 1840s

  • Most of this recent amateur digital cartography is taking place upon the solid foundations of government-funded topographic mapmaking.

    Boing Boing: July 13, 2003 - July 19, 2003 Archives

  • I don't know what the underlying rationale is and if this is a standard practice in cartography.

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • The fifth and sixth principles of the rhizome are those of "cartography" and "decalcomania".

    Rhizome@Internet

  • It published important findings in areas such as cartography, irrigation, cotton cultivation, and desert studies.

    1874

  • My cousin Balls visited the hometown the other day, and was immediately embroiled in gossip, backbiting, outlandish accusations, mudslinging, petrol bombing, wheelie bin igniting and boy racer death duels along cattle tracks called things like "The New Road" because that's the kind of cartography we're into in the arse end of Ireland, and all of this hyperbole because some wan got off with some fella in some other wan's sitting room.

    Arse End Of Ireland

  • In the time of high-resolution satellite cartography, it's hard to hide so much as a boulder, much less anything even as meager as an island.

    "Down on your knees, you'll be left behind."

  • At least a small portion of my present writing anxiety stems from the fact that human exploration and the ensuing cartography has rendered it all but impossible to tell "lost world" stories.

    "If it takes my whole life, I won't break, I won't bend."

  • Google launched Google maps in 2005 with maps it bought from commercial cartography sources.

    Driving Who-Knows-Where, We're Hooked on Map Apps

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