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atlas

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noun at·las \ˈat-ləs\

Simple Definition of atlas

  • : a book of maps

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of atlas

  1. 1 capitalized :  a Titan who for his part in the Titans' revolt against the gods is forced by Zeus to support the heavens on his shoulders

  2. 2 capitalized :  one who bears a heavy burden

  3. 3 a :  a bound collection of maps often including illustrations, informative tables, or textual matter b :  a bound collection of tables, charts, or plates

  4. 4 :  the first vertebra of the neck

  5. 5 plural usually atlantes play \ət-ˈlan-(ˌ)tēz, at-\ :  a male figure used like a caryatid as a supporting column or pilaster —called also telamon

Examples of atlas in a sentence

  1. a road atlas of the U.S.



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Origin of atlas

Latin Atlant-, Atlas, from Greek


First Known Use: 1513

Rhymes with atlas


ATLAS Defined for Kids

atlas

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noun at·las \ˈat-ləs\

Definition of atlas for Students

  1. :  a book of maps




Medical Dictionary

atlas

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noun at·las \ˈat-ləs\

Medical Definition of atlas

  1. :  the first vertebra of the neck



Biographical Note for atlas

Atlas,, Greek mythological character. In Greek legend Atlas was a Titan who took part in the revolt against the gods. As a punishment he was condemned to hold the heavens aloft forever. Atlas was usually represented as a human figure bearing the heavens or the celestial globe upon his shoulders.


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