Dictionary
10 ENTRIES FOUND:

atlas

noun at·las \ˈat-ləs\

: a book of maps

Full Definition of ATLAS

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
capitalized :  one who bears a heavy burden
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
:  the first vertebra of the neck
5
plural usually at·lan·tes \ət-ˈlan-(ˌ)tēz, at-\ :  a male figure used like a caryatid as a supporting column or pilaster —called also telamon

Examples of ATLAS

  1. a road atlas of the U.S.

Illustration of ATLAS

Origin of ATLAS

Latin Atlant-, Atlas, from Greek
First Known Use: 1513

Other Cartography Terms

Robinson projection, benchmark, plat, projection, topography

Rhymes with ATLAS

atlas

noun at·las \ˈat-ləs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ATLAS

:  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.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: Atlas beetlePrevious Word in the Dictionary: at–largeAll Words Near: atlas
April 18, 2015
wimple Hear it
to veil, ripple, or meander
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears