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atlas

1

[ at-luhs ]

noun

, plural at·las·es at·lan·tes [at-, lan, -teez]
  1. a bound collection of maps.
  2. a bound volume of charts, plates, or tables illustrating any subject.
  3. Anatomy. the first cervical vertebra, which supports the head.
  4. a size of drawing or writing paper, 26 × 34 or 33 inches.
  5. Also called telamon. Architecture. a sculptural figure of a man used as a column.


Atlas

2

[ at-luhs ]

noun

, plural At·las·es
  1. Classical Mythology. a Titan, son of Iapetus and brother of Prometheus and Epimetheus, condemned to support the sky on his shoulders: identified by the ancients with the Atlas Mountains.
  2. a person who supports a heavy burden; a mainstay.
  3. Charles Angelo Siciliano, 1894–1972, U.S. body-building advocate, born in Italy.
  4. a liquid-propellant booster rocket, originally developed as the first U.S. ICBM, used with Agena or Centaur upper stages to launch satellites into orbit around the earth and send probes to the moon and planets; also used to launch the Mercury spacecraft into orbit around the earth.

atlas

1

/ ˈætləs /

noun

  1. a collection of maps, usually in book form
  2. a book of charts, graphs, etc, illustrating aspects of a subject

    an anatomical atlas

  3. See axis
    anatomy the first cervical vertebra, attached to and supporting the skull in man Compare axis 1
  4. atlantes architect another name for telamon
  5. a standard size of drawing paper, 26 × 17 inches


Atlas

2

/ ˈætləs /

noun

  1. Greek myth a Titan compelled to support the sky on his shoulders as punishment for rebelling against Zeus
  2. a US intercontinental ballistic missile, also used in launching spacecraft
  3. astronomy a small satellite of Saturn, discovered in 1980

Atlas

1
  1. 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.


atlas

2
  1. A bound collection of maps. Atlases are named after the Greek god Atlas .

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Notes

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of atlas1

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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Word History and Origins

Origin of atlas1

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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Example Sentences

We camped there over the weekend as we took part in the Pacific Northwest Bumblebee Atlas survey.

The Atlas buddies are later joined by the dog-like Spot bot, and the ostrich-like Handle robot, which was designed to help out in a warehouse setting.

Customers can use Stripe’s credit card fraud detection service, or its Atlas product to form a company in Delaware.

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AI also helped build the most dynamic brain atlas to date, a “living map” that can continuously incorporate new data and capture individual differences.

Since then, more than 55,000 Americans have died of the virus Atlas advocated letting spread.

He would navigate from the cockpit using a road atlas—while snorting cocaine off the map.

Think of the difference between a satellite image and a road atlas.

The Delta IV can carry a larger payload into low earth orbit than the Atlas V, 60,779 lbs.

Think of the sky chart, the song map, the winter count, and the cloud atlas.

“The lair of the laser loves all of you,” he tells a visiting Atlas Obscura tour group.

Sanson's Atlas: a very large atlas by a French geographer in use in Swift's time.

Once, during the recreation hour, he was turning over the pages of his atlas.

We have been searching the atlas, and it seems difficult to fill the bill.

When he addresses himself to battle against the guardian angels, he stands like Teneriffe or Atlas; his stature reaches the sky.

The mighty Atlas would never sustain it upon his broad shoulders if it did nobody good.

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