atlas

Can’t remember which countries border Uzbekistan? Consult an atlas, a book of maps, and you’ll find the information you need.

An atlas gets its name from the Greek god Atlas, who, according to myth, was forced to bear the weight of the heavens on his shoulders. You might feel like Atlas if you have to carry one of these books around. Atlases are usually large, oversized books that contain maps, diagrams, and information such as population figures. Traditionally, atlas refers specifically to a bound book of maps rather than to a folding map, a globe, or an online database.

Primary Meanings of atlas

1.
n
a collection of maps in book form
2.
n
a figure of a man used as a supporting column
3.
n
the 1st cervical vertebra
Full Definitions of atlas
1

n a collection of maps in book form

Synonyms:
book of maps, map collection
Types:
dialect atlas, linguistic atlas
an atlas showing the distribution of distinctive linguistic features
Type of:
book of facts, reference, reference book, reference work
a book to which you can refer for authoritative facts
2

n a figure of a man used as a supporting column

Synonyms:
telamon
Type of:
column, pillar
(architecture) a tall vertical cylindrical structure standing upright and used to support a structure
3

n the 1st cervical vertebra

Synonyms:
atlas vertebra
Type of:
cervical vertebra, neck bone
one of 7 vertebrae in the human spine located in the neck region

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