atlantes

[at-lan-teez]
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noun

plural of atlas(def 5).

Nearby words

  1. atl.,
  2. atlanta,
  3. atlantad,
  4. atlantal,
  5. atlantean,
  6. atlantic,
  7. atlantic charter,
  8. atlantic city,
  9. atlantic croaker,
  10. atlantic intracoastal waterway

atlas

[at-luh s]

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.
Compare caryatid.

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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British Dictionary definitions for atlantes

atlantes

noun

the plural of atlas (def. 4)

Atlas

noun

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

atlas

noun

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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Word Origin and History for atlantes
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Medicine definitions for atlantes

atlas

[ătləs]

n.

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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Culture definitions for atlantes

Atlas

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.

Note

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.

Note

An “Atlas” or “atlas” is an incredibly strong person or one who carries an enormous burden.

atlas

A bound collection of maps. Atlases are named after the Greek god Atlas.

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