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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

type of map projection, 1660s, invented by Flemish geographer Gerhard Kremer (1512-1594), who Latinized his surname, which means "dealer, tradesman," as Mercator (see merchant). He first used this type of map projection in 1568.

Mercator (retail)

Mercator (mer-kah-tawr; meaning merchant) is a Slovenian multinational retail corporation in the Central/ Southeast Europe. Apart from selling products of renowned national and international companies, Mercator also operates its own brand of various foods, drinks, and household products sold at discount prices. Aside from retail, Mercator also provides travel services for tourists, and payment-automated filling stations in Slovenia.

Mercator (crater)

Mercator is a lunar crater that is located on the southwestern edge of Mare Nubium, in the southwest part of the Moon. It is located to the southeast of the crater Campanus, and the two are separated by a narrow, winding valley.

The Rupes Mercator fault is tangential with the northeastern outer rim of Mercator. The eastern edge of Palus Epidemiarum reaches the west rim of Mercator, and a rille from the Rimae Ramsden reaches the western rim at the site of the craterlet Mercator C.

The rim of Mercator is only somewhat eroded, and several tiny craterlets lie on the west and eastern rims. The interior floor has been flooded by lava in the past, leaving a relatively smooth and featureless surface.


Mercator ( Latin for " merchant") may refer to:

Mercator (company)

Mercator Limited is an Indian company. It was earlier known as Mercator Lines Ltd.. The Mercator group of companies has diversified business interests in Coal, Oil & Gas, Commodity Transportation and Dredging. Mercator Limited (formerly Mercator Lines Ltd.) is the parent company and is the second largest private sector shipping company in India based in Mumbai. It has recently forayed into the Offshore business with its subsidiaries Mercator Oil and Gas Ltd and Mercator Offshore Ltd.

Mercator (play)

Mercator, or The Merchant, is a Latin comedic play for the early Roman theatre by Titus Maccius Plautus. It is based on a Greek play by the playwright Philemon.

Usage examples of "mercator".

But Mercator overcame the effect of the curvature of the earth by increasing the length of the degree of latitude on his map progressively towards the poles in the same proportion that, on a curved surface, the meridians converge.

He turned and glowered at the mercator, the guards, moving to step toward the tables again.

I stepped through the door to see that most of the globes and astrolabes had disappeared, as had the maps of the world, beautifully engraved reproductions of Ptolemy and Mercator that Mr Molitor would pin to the walls like charts in the cabin of a ship.

So Mercator changes the distances between the latitudes as well, increasing them as they move away from the equator and towards the poles.

But after Mercator it became possible for navigators to make use of latitude and longitude when plotting their courses.

Since those explorers had supposedly brought the latest information back to Europe, Mercator can hardly be blamed for following them.

In so doing the accuracy of his work declined: instruments capable of finding longitude did not exist in 1569, but appear to have been used to prepare the ancient source documents Mercator consulted to produce his 1538 map.

The delineation of the Australian continent, which is joined to the Antarctic lands, is taken from the preceding Mercator type of map.

I took Heinrich and his snake-handling buddy, Orest Mercator, out to the commercial strip for dinner.

They found a public notary there who said he would certify a document that said that Orest Mercator spent so many days incarcerated with these venomous reptiles blah blah blah.

Even for the young, the power of the body can fail embarrassingly: Orest Mercator, filled with the best foods and carefully trained, aims to set a world record for days spent sitting with poisonous snakes, testing himself against death.

It had been drawn in Mercator projection about a century earlier, according to the data obtained by automatic probes.

Gullick turned away and walked over to another face in the form of an electronic Mercator conformal map.

Mercator Automotive Building was three blocks over and a short drive north.

Once behind the desk, it smoothed the Mercator projection out, holding the map down with objects on its desk, and then unrolled the rest of the hard copy. CALL THKM ALL.