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Mercator

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

Mercator
/ (mɜːˈkeɪtə) /

noun
Gerardus (dʒəˈrɑːdəs). Latinized name of Gerhard Kremer. 1512–94, Flemish cartographer and mathematician
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Scientific definitions for Mercator

Mercator
[ mər-kātər ]
Gerhardus Originally Gerhard Kremer 1512-1594

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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