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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Atlas  \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. 




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