There are 2 definitions of atlas in English:

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noun

1A book of maps or charts: I looked in the atlas to see where Naples was a road atlas
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  • Since they were all manuscript, no two charts or atlases were alike in size, decoration or cartographic content.
  • Picture one of those mileage charts you get in the front of road atlases.
  • By 1650, two-thirds of the continent's coast were thus widely known not only in Europe, but also wherever Dutch charts, atlases, and globes were distributed.
2 (also atlas vertebra) Anatomy The topmost vertebra of the backbone, articulating with the occipital bone of the skull.
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  • There is a well-developed atlas and the caudal vertebrae can be distinguished from the trunk vertebrae by the presence of hemal arches.
  • Neither the atlas nor the second vertebra bears ribs.
  • The atlas may be fused with the occipital bone in varying degrees.
3 (plural atlantes /atˈlantiːz/) Architecture A stone carving of a male figure, used as a column to support the entablature of a Greek or Greek-style building.
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  • Among its wealth of neoclassical details are the legs in the shape of inverted obelisks, the torsos of draped and winged caryatids and atlantes, and the allegorical figure (possibly Summer).
  • Meanwhile, the caryatids and atlantes just watch, waiting.
  • He has designed atlantes to support the temple at the top of John Simpson's towering column, and an art-deco-inspired grouping of gods and titans for the pediment midway up Franck Lohsen McCrery's building.

Origin

late 16th century (originally denoting a person who supported a great burden): via Latin from Greek Atlas, the Titan of Greek mythology who supported the heavens and whose picture appeared at the front of early atlases.

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There are 2 definitions of atlas in English:

Atlas2

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Pronunciation: /ˈatləs
 
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Greek Mythology
One of the Titans, who was punished for his part in their revolt against Zeus by being made to support the heavens. He became identified with the Atlas Mountains.

Derivatives

Atlantean

adjective

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