American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The art or process of drawing ground plans.
- n. A ground plan of a building.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The art of tracing ground-plans; the representation of a ground-plot, or of the site of an object on a horizontal plane.
- n. The ground plan of a building
- n. the art of constructing ground plans
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Drawing) A horizontal section of a building or other object, showing its true dimensions according to a geometric scale; a ground plan; a map; also, the art of making such plans.
- ichno- + -graphy (Wiktionary)
- Latin ichnographiā : Greek ikhnos, track + Greek -graphiā, -graphy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“From Egypt and Palestine the ichnography spread far and wide.”
“Already a ground-plan, or ichnography, has been laid down of the future colonial empire.”
“A few years since, comparatively speaking, people only knew their way from York to London, much less the objects on the road -- now, by the economy of guide books they may know every good inn in France, and carry the _ichnography_ of the kingdom in their coat pocket.”
“Bishop Lyttelton used to plague me to death about barrows, and tumuli, and Roman camps, and all those bumps in the ground that do not amount to a most imperfect ichnography; but, in good truth, I am content with all arts when perfected, nor inquire how ingeniously people contrive to do without them -- and I care still less for remains of art that retain no vestiges of art.”
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