EXAMPLES | 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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One of these compartments, known as an
Atlantes, is shown in the annexed woodcut.
Can you tell me, Constable, whether there are any more—er—
Atlantes to come up to-night?
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
I am that
Atlantes who watched over him in childhood, and as he grew to manhood he was ever the first in all deeds of chivalry.
By the Greeks they were named
Atlantes, from the well-known fable of Atlas supporting the heavens. British Dictionary definitions for atlantes 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 noun a collection of maps, usually in book form a book of charts, graphs, etc, illustrating aspects of a subject an anatomical atlas anatomy the first cervical vertebra, attached to and supporting the skull in man Compare 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
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. n.
"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.
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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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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.
A bound collection of maps. Atlases are named after the Greek god
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