Mercator

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latinized name of Gerard de Cremer, Flemish cartographer and mathematician.

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Noun[edit]

Mercator (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly attributive) Pertaining to an orthomorphic map projection, in which meridians appear at right-angles to the equator, and lines of latitude are horizontal lines whose distance from each other increases with distance from the equator.
  2. Such a projection or chart.
    • 1809, Lord Byron, letter (to Henry Drury), 25 Jun 1809:
      we have determined to go by way of Lisbon [...], if so be that Capt. Kidd our gallant or rather gallows commander understands plain sailing and Mercator, and takes us on our voyage all according to the Chart.