transverse Mercator projection
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transverse Mercator projection[trans¦vərs mər′kād·ər prə‚jek·shən]
A conformal map projection in which the regular Mercator projection is rotated (transversed) 90° in azimuth, the central meridian corresponding to the line which represents the equator on the regular Mercator; the characteristics as to scale are identical to those of the regular Mercator, except that the scale is dependent on distances east or west of the meridian instead of north or south of the equator. Also known as inverse cylindrical orthomorphic projection; inverse Mercator projection; transverse cylindrical orthomorphic projection.