cosmographic


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cos·mog·ra·phy

 (kŏz-mŏg′rə-fē)
n. pl. cos·mog·ra·phies
1. The mapping of the universe as a whole system.
2. A general description or depiction of the world or universe: "a full-blown cosmography in which Earth is 'the garbage dump of the universe'" (Mark Muro).

cos·mog′ra·pher n.
cos′mo·graph′ic (-mə-grăf′ĭk), cos′mo·graph′i·cal adj.
cos′mo·graph′i·cal·ly adv.
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Such was the state of knowledge acquired regarding the earth's satellite, which the Gun Club undertook to perfect in all its aspects, cosmographic, geological, political, and moral.
Thevenot said, "I would also note that Marco Polo had had some knowledge of these Terres Australes several centuries before the Dutch navigated to the East Indies", (84) but this was not correct, Locach/Beach being essentially a cosmographic construct based on a misunderstanding of Marco Polo's itinerary.
2 Enoch and 3 Baruch), but often the two differing views generated a dispute among the erudite Christians of the Byzantine empire as to which was the true one, or to be more precise, the delicate question of whether the cosmographic description given in the Bible was to be taken literally or allegorically.
Por lo tanto, el exito de este primer atlas del mundo de Ortelius se debio en buena medida a la primacia concedida a lo visual y sobre todo al hecho de que el espectador (o, si se prefiere, el lector) que lo contemplara "was invited to behold a cosmographic whole and a variety of local representations" (Conley 408).
In identifying itself as microcosmographic, the Theophrastan character acknowledges cosmographic character--the kind that would find expression in real persons.
Africa generally has a wealth of notable graphic systems includinggicandi symbols employed by the Kikuyu (Kenya), adinkra symbols among the Akan (in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire), elaborate nsibida symbols among the Jgbo, Ibibio, and Ejagham (Nigeria), and cosmographic systems employed among the Dogon (Mali) and Kongo (Angola).
Like most treatments of the Aztecs--including London's previous exhibition about them, Aztecs, at the Royal Academy (James 2003)--Moctezuma emphasised their vivid cosmographic and religious symbolism; and, like nearly all others, Moctezuma failed to explain it fully.
37) Although the "discovery" of American by Columbus is a consolidating moment in America's national mythology, the cartographic and cosmographic crisis it engendered reveals the contradictory and oppositional discourses on the order of the world that raged for at least 100 years after Columbus.
As we will see, Tolkien's cosmographic geography is far more precise than this.
Both elements (rational, mystical) that would in varying degrees have synthesized for the medieval dreamer into a coherent psychological and cosmographic system are either denied to, or rejected by, Alice.
In Poetry, space, landscape: Toward a new theory, Chris Fitter differentiates between the cosmographic and analogical perceptions of space and landscapes in literature.
Yet, tempered by the presence of unvarnished humanity, the cosmographic vision turns parochial.