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From the Greek Mythological figure Άτλας (Atlas), meaning "The Bearer (of the Heavens)", from τλῆναι (tlenai), (to suffer, endure, bear).

Singular
atlas

Plural
atlases

atlas (plural atlases)

  1. A bound collection of maps often including tables, illustrations, or other text.
  2. A bound collection of tables, illustrations, etc. on any subject.
  3. (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.
  4. (anatomy) The uppermost vertebra of the neck.
  5. one who supports a heavy burden; mainstay.
  6. (architecture) a figure of a man used as a column; telamon.
  7. (paper) A sheet of paper 26" x 34"

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