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Mercator

[mer-key-ter; for 1 also Flemish mer-kah-tawr]
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noun
  1. Ger·har·dus [jer-hahr-duh s] /dʒərˈhɑr dəs/, Gerhard Kremer, 1512–94, Flemish cartographer and geographer.
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adjective
  1. noting, pertaining to, or according to the principles of a Mercator projection: a Mercator chart.
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Mercator

noun
  1. Gerardus (dʒəˈrɑːdəs). Latinized name of Gerhard Kremer. 1512–94, Flemish cartographer and mathematician
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Word Origin and History for mercator

Mercator

type of map projection, 1660s, invented by Flemish geographer Gerhard Kremer (1512-1594), who Latinized his surname, which means "dealer, tradesman," as Mercator (see merchant). He first used this type of map projection in 1568.

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Mercator

[mər-kātər]
  1. Flemish cartographer who in 1568 developed the Mercator projection. In 1585 he began work on a book of maps of Europe, a project that was later completed by his son and published in 1595. As a result of the drawing of the Greek titan Atlas carrying the globe on his shoulders on the book's cover, the term “atlas” was subsequently applied to any book of maps.
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