from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Mercator, Gerhardus Originally Gerhard Kremer. 1512-1594. Flemish cartographer who developed the Mercator projection (1568).
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- n. 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.
- n. Such a projection or chart.
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- n. Flemish geographer who lived in Germany; he invented the Mercator projection of maps of the globe (1512-1594)
Latinized name of Gerard de Cremer, Flemish cartographer and mathematician. (Wiktionary)