the making of maps and charts
The creation of charts and maps based on the layout of a territory's geography.
An illustrative discussion of a topic.
Origin: From cartographie, from carte (ultimately from χάρτης) + -graphie (, from γράφω).
the art or business of forming charts or maps
Origin: [Cf. F. cartographie. See Card, and -graphy.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kar-tog′ra-fi, n. the art of preparing charts or maps. [L. charta, chart, map, and Gr. graphia, graph-ein, to write.]
The numerical value of cartography in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of cartography in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
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- علم الخرائط, خرائطيةArabic
- cartografiaCatalan, Valencian
- Kartographie, KartografieGerman
- 地図学, 地図製作Japanese
- haritacılık, kartografiTurkish
- bản đồ họcVietnamese
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