dict.org

The DICT Development Group


Search for:
Search type:
Database:

Database copyright information
Server information


1 definition found
 for atlas folio
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 tlh^nai to bear. See
     Tolerate.]
     1. One who sustains a great burden.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Anat.) The first vertebra of the neck, articulating
        immediately with the skull, thus sustaining the globe of
        the head, whence the name.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     4. A volume of plates illustrating any subject.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     5. A work in which subjects are exhibited in a tabular from
        or arrangement; as, an historical atlas.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     6. A large, square folio, resembling a volume of maps; --
        called also atlas folio.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     7. A drawing paper of large size. See under Paper, n.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Atlas powder, see Atlas powder in the vocabulary; a
        blasting compound containing nitroglycerin.
        [1913 Webster]

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229