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Meaning of ATLAS

Pronunciation:  'atlus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a figure of a man used as a supporting column
  2. [n]  the 1st cervical vertebra
  3. [n]  a collection of maps in book form
  4. [n]  (Greek mythology) a Titan who was forced by Zeus to bear the sky on his shoulders

ATLAS is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: atlas vertebra, book of maps, map collection, telamon
 See Also: book of facts, cervical vertebra, column, dialect atlas, gazetteer, linguistic atlas, neck bone, pillar, reference, reference book, reference work, Titan



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \At"las\, n.; pl. {Atlases}. [L. Atlas, -antis, Gr. ?, ?,
    one of the older family of gods, who bears up the pillars of
    heaven; also Mt. Atlas, in W. Africa, regarded as the pillar
    of heaven. It is from the root of ? to bear. See {Tolerate}.]
    1. One who sustains a great burden.
    2. (Anat.) The first vertebra of the neck, articulating
       immediately with the skull, thus sustaining the globe of
       the head, whence the name.
    3. A collection of maps in a volume;
    Note: supposed to be so called from a picture of Atlas
          supporting the world, prefixed to some collections.
          This name is said to have been first used by Mercator,
          the celebrated geographer, in the 16th century.
    4. A volume of plates illustrating any subject.
    5. A work in which subjects are exhibited in a tabular from
       or arrangement; as, an historical atlas.
    6. A large, square folio, resembling a volume of maps; --
       called also {atlas folio}.
    7. A drawing paper of large size. See under {Paper}, n.
    {Atlas powder}, a nitroglycerin blasting compound of pasty
       consistency and great explosive power.
  2. \At"las\, n. [Ar., smooth.]
    A rich kind of satin manufactured in India. --Brande & C.
Computing Dictionary

abbreviated test language for avionics systems

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