3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Atlas \At"las\, noun [Ar., smooth.] A rich kind of satin manufactured in India. --Brande & C.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Atlas \At"las\, noun; pl. {Atlases}. [L. Atlas, -antis, Gr. ?, ?, one of the older family of gods, who bears up the pillars of heaven; also Mt. Atlas, in W. Africa, regarded as the pillar of heaven. It is from the root of tlh^nai to bear. See {Tolerate}.]

1. One who sustains a great burden.

2. (Anat.) The first vertebra of the neck, articulating immediately with the skull, thus sustaining the globe of the head, whence the name.

3. A collection of maps in a volume;

Note: supposed to be so called from a picture of Atlas supporting the world, prefixed to some collections. This name is said to have been first used by Mercator, the celebrated geographer, in the 16th century.

4. A volume of plates illustrating any subject.

5. A work in which subjects are exhibited in a tabular from or arrangement; as, an historical atlas.

6. A large, square folio, resembling a volume of maps; -- called also {atlas folio}.

7. A drawing paper of large size. See under {Paper}, noun

{Atlas powder}, see {Atlas powder} in the vocabulary; a blasting compound containing nitroglycerin.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: (Greek mythology) a Titan who was forced by Zeus to bear the sky on his shoulders

2: a collection of maps in book form [syn: {atlas}, {book of maps}, {map collection}]

3: the 1st cervical vertebra [syn: {atlas}, {atlas vertebra}]

4: a figure of a man used as a supporting column [syn: {atlas}, {telamon}]

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