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.
- 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.
- 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.
Definition of atlas in:
- US English dictionary