Definition for AT'LAS

AT'LAS, n.

  1. A collection of maps in a volume; supposed to be so called from a picture of mount Atlas, supporting the heavens, prefixed to some collection. – Johnson.
  2. A large square folio, resembling a volume of maps.
  3. The supporters of a building.
  4. A silk, satin, or stuff, manufactured in the East, with admirable ingenuity. Atlases are plain, striped, or flowered; but they have not the fine gloss and luster of some French silks. – Encyc.
  5. The first verteber of the neck. – Coxe.
  6. A term applied to paper, as atlas fine. – Burke.

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