Definition of Atlas

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

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Titan

2. Noun. A collection of maps in book form.
Exact synonyms: Book Of Maps, Map Collection
Generic synonyms: Book Of Facts, Reference, Reference Book, Reference Work
Terms within: Gazetteer
Specialized synonyms: Dialect Atlas, Linguistic Atlas

3. Noun. The 1st cervical vertebra.
Exact synonyms: Atlas Vertebra
Generic synonyms: Cervical Vertebra, Neck Bone

4. Noun. A figure of a man used as a supporting column.
Exact synonyms: Telamon
Generic synonyms: Column, Pillar

Definition of Atlas

1. n. One who sustains a great burden.

2. n. A rich kind of satin manufactured in India.

Definition of Atlas

1. Proper noun. (Greek god) son of Iapetus and Clymene, war leader of the Titans ordered by the god Zeus to support the sky on his shoulders; father to Hesperides, the Hyades, and the Pleiades; king of the legendary Atlantis. ¹

2. Proper noun. (astronomy) a moon of Saturn ¹

3. Proper noun. (astronomy) a crater in the first quadrant of the moon ¹

4. Proper noun. (context: warfare US) Intercontinental ballistic missile ¹

5. Noun. A bound collection of maps often including tables, illustrations or other text. ¹

6. Noun. A bound collection of tables, illustrations etc. on any given subject. ¹

7. Noun. (chiefly in anatomy especially of the human body) A detailed visual conspectus of something of great and multi-faceted complexity, with its elements splayed so as to be presented in as discrete a manner as possible whilst retaining a realistic view of the whole. ¹

8. Noun. (topology) A collection of top-dimensional subspaces, called charts, each homeomorphic to Euclidean space, which comprise the entirety of a manifold, such that intersecting charts' respective homeomorphisms are compatible in a certain way. ¹

9. Noun. (anatomy) The uppermost vertebra of the neck. ¹

10. Noun. One who supports a heavy burden; mainstay. ¹

11. Noun. (architecture) A figure of a man used as a column; telamon. ¹

12. Noun. (context: paper) A sheet of paper measuring 26 inches by 34 inches. ¹

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Definition of Atlas

1. a male figure used as a supporting column [n ATLANTES or ATLASES]

Medical Definition of Atlas

1. 1. One who sustains a great burden. 2. 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. 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. Atlas powder, a nitroglycerin blasting compound of pasty consistency and great explosive power. Origin: 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 to bear. See Tolerate. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Atlas

atlantic islands
atlantic part of vertebral artery
atlanto-occipital articulation
atlanto-occipital joint
atlanto-occipital membrane
atlantoaxial joint
atlas (current term)
atlas fracture
atlas moth
atlas vertebra

Literary usage of Atlas

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1889)
"Boston SS Co tl 00 Gage's Modern Historical atlas Appleton 3 50 ... Bardeen 5 00 Student's atlas of Ancient and Modern Geography E. it JB Ynung -2 4Я ..."

2. A List of Geographical Atlases in the Library of Congress: With by Clara Egli Le Gear, Philip Lee Phillips, Library of Congress Map Division (1920)
"1916 4761 Standard atlas of Lewis county, Mo. 1916 4856 Standard atlas of ... 1918 4685 Standard atlas of Lincoln county, Mo. 1899 2085 Standard atlas of ..."

3. The Geographical Journal by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain). (1906)
"1011 ; London School Hoard atlas, XVI. 7101; Handy General atlas of the World, ... 133, 367 Sphere atlas, XVII. 102 f Stanford : London atlas of Universal ..."

4. Bulletin of the New York Public Library by New York Public Library (1900)
"National atlas of Historical, Commercial & Political Geography with Maps ... atlas der Festschrift der Gesellschaft flir Erdkunde zu Berlin zur vier- ..."

5. Encyclopaedia Britannica, a Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and edited by Hugh Chisholm (1910)
"The lower portion of the Moroccan atlas (sometimes called the Middle atlas), extending north-east and east from an undefined point to the north of the Great ..."

6. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"There is a pivot articulation between the odontoid process of the axis and the ring formed between the anterior arch of the atlas and the transverse ..."

7. Thirty Years' View; Or, A History of the Working of the American Government by Thomas Hart Benton (1856)
"An atlas of this character, corrected up to the present year, convenient in size ... APPLETON'S COMPLETE atlas OF THE WORLD, An Introduction to Physical and ..."

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