Mercator Projection Definition

A method of making maps in which the earth's surface is shown with the meridians as parallel straight lines spaced at equal intervals and the parallels of latitude as parallel straight lines intersecting the meridians at right angles but spaced farther apart as their distance from the equator increases: on such maps the area of a country, sea, etc. is more distorted as the distance from the equator increases.
Webster's New World
  • Mercator's projection

Origin of Mercator Projection

  • After Gerhardus Mercator

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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