Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The mapping of the universe as a whole system.
  • noun A general description or depiction of the world or universe.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The science which describes and maps the main features of the heavens and the earth, embracing astronomy, geography, and sometimes geology.
  • noun The science of the general structure and relations of the universe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A description of the world or of the universe; or the science which teaches the constitution of the whole system of worlds, or the figure, disposition, and relation of all its parts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The creation of maps of the universe.
  • noun The study of the size and geometry of the universe and changes in those with cosmic time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the science that maps the general features of the universe; describes both heaven and earth (but without encroaching on geography or astronomy)
  • noun a representation of the earth or the heavens

Etymologies

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cosmo- + -graphy

Examples

  • The description of the voyage is followed by what the writer calls a cosmography, in which is shown the distance they had sailed from the time they left the desert rocks at Madeira, and the probable size of the new world as compared with the old, with the relative area of land and water on the whole globe.

    The Voyage of Verrazzano A Chapter in the Early History of Maritime Discovery in America

  • The more flippant review at Back to the Mountains is amusing and delves more into the novel's cosmography, which looks reasonably interesting and rather complex, with Solandria intertwining with the real world; also, Solandria is apparently made up of "floating chunks of rock."

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • And do be aware of how the professional researchers in many fields are using internet-supplied input from amateurs for many kinds of research, ranging from biology to cosmography.

    Anis Shivani: WATCH: Indie Literary Publishing: Editors And Writers Speak Out

  • The human mind therefore can engage not only in a “cosmography” studying measurable phenomena but also in a “cosmology” discerning the visible inner logic of the cosmos.

    ID/Evolution

  • The more flippant review at Back to the Mountains is amusing and delves more into the novel's cosmography, which looks reasonably interesting and rather complex, with Solandria intertwining with the real world; also, Solandria is apparently made up of "floating chunks of rock."

    March Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour

  • "Mounted then upon a dragon's back, /That with his wings did part the subtle air,/He now is gone to prove cosmography."

    Ten of the best dragons in literature

  • It is master of astronomy, it makes cosmography, counsels and corrects all the human arts, moves men to different parts of this world, is the prince of mathematics; its sciences are most certain, it has measured the height and size of the stars, generated architecture, perspective and divine painting ....

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • It was a shape which inspired all sorts of philosophical and scientific speculations (Kepler's cosmography, the carbon atom, Buckminster Fuller's geodesic structures ...), and the art department constructed models of various sizes which were set in African and lunar landscapes.

    Tin

  • Allah always listens, promise clerics, after cosmography corrects human error that told worshippers to face Somalia

    Indonesian Muslims turn prayers back to Mecca after 1,000-mile mistake

  • Ma'ruf Amin from the MUI said a "thorough study with some cosmography and astronomy experts" revealed that Indonesian Muslims had been facing southern Somalia and Kenya instead of Mecca, which is more than 1,000 miles further north.

    Indonesian Muslims turn prayers back to Mecca after 1,000-mile mistake

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