A statue of the titan Atlas.
An example of an atlas is a collection of road maps detailing each of the 50 states.
- Gr. Myth. a Titan compelled to support the heavens on his shoulders
- any person who carries a great burden
- a book of maps: Atlas supporting the earth was often pictured on the front page of such books
- a book of tables, charts, illustrations, etc. on a specific subject or subjects: an anatomical atlas
- [a-]Anat. the topmost vertebra of the neck
- Archit. atlantes
Origin of AtlasClassical Latin from Classical Greek from prothetic a- + tlan, bearing from Indo-European base an unverified form tel-, an unverified form tla-, to lift, bear from source tolerate, thole
- A book or bound collection of maps, sometimes with supplementary illustrations and graphic analyses.
- A volume of tables, charts, or plates that systematically illustrates a particular subject: an anatomical atlas.
- A large size of drawing paper, measuring 26 × 33 or 26 × 34 inches.
- pl. at·lan·tes, Architecture A standing or kneeling figure of a man used as a supporting column, as for an entablature or balcony. Also called telamon .
- Anatomy The top or first cervical vertebra of the neck, which supports the skull.
Origin of atlasAfter Atlas Sense 1, probably from depictions of Atlas holding the world on his shoulders that appeared on the frontispieces of early works of this kind
- Greek Mythology A Titan condemned by Zeus to support the heavens upon his shoulders.
- atlas A person who supports a great burden.
Origin of AtlasGreek Atlās ; see telə- in Indo-European roots.
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(plural atlases or atlantes)
- A bound collection of maps often including tables, illustrations or other text.
- A bound collection of tables, illustrations etc. on any given subject.
- (chiefly in anatomy, especially of the human body) A detailed visual conspectus of something of great and multi-faceted complexity, with its elements splayed so as to be presented in as discrete a manner as possible whilst retaining a realistic view of the whole.
- (topology) A collection of top-dimensional subspaces, called charts, each homeomorphic to Euclidean space, which comprise the entirety of a manifold, such that intersecting charts' respective homeomorphisms are compatible in a certain way.
- (anatomy) The uppermost vertebra of the neck.
- One who supports a heavy burden; mainstay.
- (architecture) A figure of a man used as a column; telamon.
- (paper) A sheet of paper measuring 26 inches by 34 inches.
- A rich satin fabric.
From the name of the Ancient Greek mythological figure Ἄτλας (Atlas, “Bearer (of the Heavens)”), from τλῆναι (tlēnai, “to suffer”, “to endure”, “to bear”).
- (Greek mythology) son of Iapetus and Clymene, war leader of the Titans ordered by the god Zeus to support the sky on his shoulders; father to Hesperides, the Hyades, and the Pleiades; king of the legendary Atlantis.
- (astronomy) a moon of Saturn
- (astronomy) a crater in the first quadrant of the moon
- (warfare, US) Intercontinental ballistic missile
From Latin Atlas, from Ancient Greek Ἄτλας (Atlas).