- atlantic charter,
- atlantic city,
- atlantic croaker,
- atlantic intracoastal waterway
noun, plural at·las·es for 1–3, at·lan·tes [at-lan-teez] /ætˈlæn tiz/ for 5.
Origin of atlas
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.National Epics|Kate Milner Rabb
One of these compartments, known as an Atlantes, is shown in the annexed woodcut.History of Sanitation|John Joseph Cosgrove
By the Greeks they were named Atlantes, from the well-known fable of Atlas supporting the heavens.Museum of Antiquity|L. W. Yaggy
Word Origin for atlas
1580s, Titan, son of Iapetus and Clymene, supposed to uphold the pillars of heaven, which was his punishment for being the war leader of the Titans in the struggle with the Olympian gods. The name in Greek perhaps means "The Bearer (of the Heavens)," from a-, copulative prefix, + stem of tlenai "to bear," from PIE root *tele- "to lift, support, weigh." Mount Atlas, in Mauritania, was important in Greek cosmology as a support of the heavens.
"collection of maps in a volume," 1636, first in reference to the English translation of "Atlas, sive cosmographicae meditationes de fabrica mundi" (1585) by Flemish geographer Gerhardus Mercator (1512-1594), who might have been the first to use this word in this way. A picture of the Titan Atlas holding up the world appeared on the frontispiece of this and other early map collections.
A bound collection of maps. Atlases are named after the Greek god Atlas.