noun, plural cos·mog·ra·phies.
  1. a science that describes and maps the main features of the heavens and the earth, including astronomy, geography, and geology.
  2. a description or representation of the main features of the universe.

Origin of cosmography

1350–1400; Middle English < Greek kosmographía description of the world. See cosmo-, -graphy
Related formscos·mog·ra·pher, cos·mog·ra·phist, nouncos·mo·graph·ic [koz-muh-graf-ik] /ˌkɒz məˈgræf ɪk/, cos·mo·graph·i·cal, adjectivecos·mo·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cosmography

Historical Examples of cosmography

  • He alone of our group was familiar with astrogation and cosmography.

    The Long Voyage

    Carl Richard Jacobi

  • The Professor of Astronomy was to teach astronomy, optics, navigation, and cosmography.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • All that relates to its author will, I believe, be acceptable to lovers of the "Cosmography."

  • In perusal of history, first, provide you some writers in chronology and cosmography.

  • The cosmography or topography of the world to come is also Palestinian.

British Dictionary definitions for cosmography


  1. a representation of the world or the universe
  2. the science dealing with the whole order of nature
Derived Formscosmographer or cosmographist, nouncosmographic (ˌkɒzməˈɡræfɪk) or cosmographical, adjectivecosmographically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for cosmography

"description of the universe," mid-15c., from cosmo- + -graphy. Related: Cosmographic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cosmography in Science


  1. The study of the visible universe that includes the measurement and cataloging of its objects and structures.
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