|—n , atlantes|
|1.||a collection of maps, usually in book form|
|2.||a book of charts, graphs, etc, illustrating aspects of a subject: an anatomical atlas|
|3.||anatomy Compare axis the first cervical vertebra, attached to and supporting the skull in man|
|4.||architect another name for telamon|
|5.||a standard size of drawing paper, 26 × 17 inches|
|[C16: via Latin from Greek; first applied to maps, from depictions of Atlas supporting the heavens in 16th-century collections of maps]|
atlas at·las (āt'ləs)
The top or first cervical vertebra of the neck, supporting the skull and articulating with the occipital bone and rotating around the dens of the axis.
Note: Since the sixteenth century, pictures of Atlas and his burden have been used as decorations on maps. Accordingly, the word atlas is used for a book of maps.
Note: An “Atlas” or “atlas” is an incredibly strong person or one who carries an enormous burden.
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