• (British) IPA: /ˈætləs/, /ˈætlɪs/
  • (America) enPR: ătʹləs, IPA: /ˈætləs/

atlas (plural atlases or atlantes)

  1. A bound collection of maps often including tables, illustrations or other text.
  2. A bound collection of tables, illustrations etc. on any given subject.
  3. (chiefly, in anatomy, especially of the human body) A detailed visual conspectus of something of great and multi-faceted complexity, with its elements splayed so as to be presented in as discrete a manner as possible whilst retaining a realistic view of the whole.
    • 1904: Eugène Collin, An Anatomical Atlas of Vegetable Powders Designed as an Aid to the Microscopic Analysis of Powdered Foods and Drugs, main title ↗ (J. & A. Churchill)
      An Anatomical Atlas of Vegetable Powders Designed as an Aid to the Microscopic Analysis of Powdered Foods and Drugs
    • 1991: Alan C. F. Colchester and David J. Hawkes [eds.], Information Processing in Medical Imaging, page 154 ↗ (Springer ↗; ISBN 9783540542469
      In addition to classical radiology systems like angiography, CT scanner or MRI have greatly contributed to the improvement of the patient anatomy investigation. Each examination modality still carries its own information and the need to make a synthesis between them is obvious but still makes different problems hard to solve. There is no unique imaging facility which can bring out the whole set of known anatomical structures, brought together in a neuro-anatomical atlas.
    • 1997: Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault, page 55 (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865
      Our perception of the body as the natural “space of the origin and distribution of disease”, a space determined by the anatomical atlas'', is merely one of the various ways in which medicine has formed its “knowledge”.
    • 2003: Isabelle E. Magnin, Functional Imaging and Modeling of the Heart, page 19 ↗ (Springer ↗; ISBN 9783540402626
      Finally, Subsol et al. [6] reported on a method for automatically constructing 3D morphometric anatomical atlantes which is based on the extraction of line and point features and their subsequent non-rigid registration.
  4. (topology) A collection of top-dimensional subspaces, called charts, each homeomorphic to Euclidean space, which comprise the entirety of a manifold, such that intersecting charts' respective homeomorphisms are compatible in a certain way.
  5. (anatomy) The uppermost vertebra of the neck.
  6. One who supports a heavy burden; mainstay.
  7. (architecture) A figure of a man used as a column; telamon.
  8. (paper) A sheet of paper measuring 26 inches by 34 inches.
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  • German: Atlas
  • Russian: а́тлас
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  • German: Atlas
  • Russian: Атла́нт
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atlas (uncountable)

  1. A rich satin fabric.
  • Russian: атла́с

  • IPA: /ˈætləs/
Proper noun
  1. (Greek god) The son of Iapetus and Clymene, war leader of the Titans ordered by the god Zeus to support the sky on his shoulders; father to Hesperides, the Hyades, and the Pleiades; king of the legendary Atlantis.
  2. (astronomy) A moon of Saturn.
  3. (astronomy) A crater in the last quadrant of the moon.
  4. (astronomy) A triple star system in the Pleiades open cluster (M45) also known as 27 Tauri.
  5. (warfare, US) An intercontinental ballistic missile.
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