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



Mercator (countable and uncountable, plural Mercators)

  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.