[ at-lan-teez ]
/ ætˈlæn tiz /
Words nearby atlantes
, atlantic charter
, atlantic city
, atlantic croaker
, atlantic intracoastal waterway
Definition for atlantes (2 of 2)
[ at-luh s ]
/ ˈæt ləs /
noun, plural at·las·es for 1–3, at·lan·tes [at-lan-teez] /ætˈlæn tiz/ for 5.
a bound collection of maps.
a bound volume of charts, plates, or tables illustrating any subject.
Anatomy. the first cervical vertebra, which supports the head.
a size of drawing or writing paper, 26 × 34 or 33 inches.
Also called telamon. Architecture. a sculptural figure of a man used as a column.
Origin of atlas
1580–90 in sense “prop, support”; as name for a collection of maps, said to be from illustrations of Atlas supporting the globe in early books of this kind
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Examples from the Web for atlantes
In a moment there was a sound as if all the rocks on the earth were rent, the castle vanished into the air, and with it Atlantes.
Roger was lying on a bed of soft moss, when Atlantes, for so he took her to be, stood before him.
Astolpho, hastening after him, entered the enchanted castle of Atlantes, and soon recognized it as a house of magic.
One of these compartments, known as an Atlantes, is shown in the annexed woodcut.
British Dictionary definitions for atlantes (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for atlantes (2 of 3)
Greek myth a Titan compelled to support the sky on his shoulders as punishment for rebelling against Zeus
a US intercontinental ballistic missile, also used in launching spacecraft
astronomy a small satellite of Saturn, discovered in 1980
British Dictionary definitions for atlantes (3 of 3)
a collection of maps, usually in book form
a book of charts, graphs, etc, illustrating aspects of a subjectan anatomical atlas
anatomy the first cervical vertebra, attached to and supporting the skull in manCompare axis 1 plural atlantes architect another name for telamon
a standard size of drawing paper, 26 × 17 inches
Word Origin for atlas
C16: via Latin from Greek; first applied to maps, from depictions of Atlas supporting the heavens in 16th-century collections of maps
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Medical definitions for atlantes
The top or first cervical vertebra of the neck, supporting the skull and articulating with the occipital bone and rotating around the dens of the axis.
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Cultural definitions for atlantes (1 of 2)
In classical mythology, a Titan famous for his strength. After the defeat of the Titans by Zeus, Atlas was condemned to support the Earth and sky on his shoulders for eternity.
notes for Atlas
Since the sixteenth century, pictures of Atlas and his burden have been used as decorations on maps. Accordingly, the word atlas is used for a book of maps.
notes for Atlas
An “Atlas” or “atlas” is an incredibly strong person or one who carries an enormous burden.
Cultural definitions for atlantes (2 of 2)
A bound collection of maps. Atlases are named after the Greek god Atlas.
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