Definitions for cartographykɑrˈtɒg rə fi

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word cartography

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

car•tog•ra•phykɑrˈtɒg rə fi(n.)

  1. the production of maps, including construction of projections, design, compilation, drafting, and reproduction.

    Category: Geography (terms)

Origin of cartography:

1855–60; < L c(h)art(a) paper, page (see chart , card1) + -o - + -graphy

car`to•graph′ic-təˈgræf ɪk(adj.)car`to•graph′i•cal

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mapmaking, cartography(noun)

    the making of maps and charts


  1. cartography(Noun)

    The creation of charts and maps based on the layout of a territory's geography.

  2. cartography(Noun)

    An illustrative discussion of a topic.

  3. Origin: From cartographie, from carte (ultimately from χάρτης) + -graphie (, from γράφω).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cartography(noun)

    the art or business of forming charts or maps


  1. Cartography

    Cartography is the study and practice of making maps. Combining science, aesthetics, and technique, cartography builds on the premise that reality can be modeled in ways that communicate spatial information effectively. The fundamental problems of traditional cartography are to: ⁕Set the map's agenda and select traits of the object to be mapped. This is the concern of map editing. Traits may be physical, such as roads or land masses, or may be abstract, such as toponyms or political boundaries. ⁕Represent the terrain of the mapped object on flat media. This is the concern of map projections. ⁕Eliminate characteristics of the mapped object that are not relevant to the map's purpose. This is the concern of generalization. ⁕Reduce the complexity of the characteristics that will be mapped. This is also the concern of generalization. ⁕Orchestrate the elements of the map to best convey its message to its audience. This is the concern of map design. Modern cartography is closely integrated with geographic information science and constitutes many theoretical and practical foundations of geographic information systems.

Translations for cartography

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary



Get even more translations for cartography »


Find a translation for the cartography definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these cartography definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"cartography." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 20 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for cartography?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for cartography: