Atlas

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n atlas a figure of a man used as a supporting column
    • n atlas the 1st cervical vertebra
    • n atlas a collection of maps in book form
    • n Atlas (Greek mythology) a Titan who was forced by Zeus to bear the sky on his shoulders
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Atlas A collection of maps in a volume
    • Atlas A drawing paper of large size. See under Paper n.
    • Atlas A large, square folio, resembling a volume of maps; -- called also atlas folio.
    • n Atlas A rich kind of satin manufactured in India.
    • Atlas A volume of plates illustrating any subject.
    • Atlas A work in which subjects are exhibited in a tabular from or arrangement; as, an historical atlas .
    • Atlas One who sustains a great burden.
    • Atlas (Anat) The first vertebra of the neck, articulating immediately with the skull, thus sustaining the globe of the head, whence the name.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n atlas [capitalized] One who supports a heavy burden; a mainstay; a ‘pillar.’
    • n atlas [Pl. atlantes (at-lan′ -tēz).] A male human figure serving as a column or pilaster. See atlantes.
    • n atlas [NL.] In anatomy, the first cervical vertebra, by which the skull articulates with the spinal column: so called because it supports the head, as Atlas was fabled to uphold the sky. It is one of the most modified and specialized of the vertebræ, often having no centrum, as such, but a hypapophysis instead, large transverse processes or lateral masses, and the other processes small or wanting. The general form of the bone is annular; it revolves about a pivot furnished by the odontoid process of the axis, and follows the rotatory movements of the head upon the neck. It is commonly ankylosed with the axis in Cetacea. See ankylosis.
    • n atlas A bound collection of maps. The word was first used in this sense by Mercator in the sixteenth century, in allusion to the Atlas of mythology, whose figure, represented as bearing a globe on his shoulders, was given on the title-page of such works.
    • n atlas Hence A volume of plates or tables illustrative or explanatory of some subject.
    • n atlas A size of writing- or drawing-paper, 26 by 33 or 34 inches.
    • n atlas [NL.] In entomology, a large lamellicorn beetle of the family Scarabæidæ; the atlas beetle, Chalcosoma atlas, about 3 inches long, and of a brilliant metallic-green color.
    • n atlas A kind of satin: a word formerly used in the Levant and in India.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Atlas at′las that piece of the human vertebral column which articulates with the skull, so called because it supports the head: a collection of maps.
    • n Atlas at′las a kind of silk-satin manufactured in the East.
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Quotations

  • Norman Vincent Peale
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    “Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don't take yourself so seriously.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

She had caricatures of all the mistresses inside an atlas.
"Etheldreda the Ready" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Look at that Atlas moth by your elbow.
"Middy and Ensign" by G. Manville Fenn
You have an atlas, just get it out, and I will try and impart the information Murray gave me.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
You look as if you had, like Atlas, the whole world on your shoulders.
"Aunt Judith" by Grace Beaumont
Text, with separate Atlas of Plates, 8vo.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
This rotundity of corporation was, however, supported by as fine a pair of Atlas legs as ever were worn by a Bath chairman.
"Frank Mildmay" by Captain Frederick Marryat
I have always been fond of maps, and can voyage in an atlas with the greatest enjoyment.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Here was Atlas, the son of Iapetus, surpassing all men in the vastness of his body.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
There are eight cervical (spinal) nerves, one in front of the atlas, and one behind each of the cervical vertebrae.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
HISTORICAL ATLAS OF INDIA, for the Use of High Schools, Colleges and Private Students.
"Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)" by John Henry Newman
Fearful of losing his golden treasure, Atlas refused the wanderer entertainment in his palace.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, July 1878, No. 9" by Various
And now he was going to sell atlases and geographies, and be a free man, and maybe write a book.
"Mitch Miller" by Edgar Lee Masters
Henry had finished his perusal of the atlas and was thinking desperately over the problem.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
It was the globe, and he was Atlas holding it.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
After school, with the children clustered around me, I took an atlas and went out and showed the Indians the pictures.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
We had set fire to the forests of the Little Atlas Mountains, and been obliged to raise our camp, and fly in terror from the conflagration.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 452" by Various
The Hesperides, the daughters of Atlas, dwelt in an island in the far west, whence they derived their name.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ATLAS OF GENERAL AND DESCRIPTIVE GEOGRAPHY for the Use of Junior Classes.
"Cattle and Cattle-breeders" by William M'Combie
He thrust his hand into his pocket, and the sheet was there as he had taken it from the atlas.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
This is a splendid member of the group of which the gigantic Attacus Atlas of China is a type.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
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In poetry:

SWEAR by what the sages spoke
Round the Mareotic Lake
That the Witch of Atlas knew,
Spoke and set the cocks a-crow.
"Under Ben Bulben" by William Butler Yeats
But he and his grew braver
As the danger grew more rife,
Avaricious they of glory
But most prodigal of life,
And the "Army of Virginia"
Was the Atlas of the strife.
"The Lee Memorial Ode" by James Barron Hope
The dark of chaos comes, land, sky and water merging;
Sleep Atlas-like treads earth, its weight like lead;
The gods with dreams prophetic fire the virgin
Soul of the Muse; all else is dead.
"A Vision" by Fyodor Ivanovich Tyutchev
Think you that words can smooth my rugged track?
Words heal the stab your soft white hands have made,
Or stir the burthen on my bosom laid?
Winds shook not Earth from Atlas' bended back--
Peace! Let me go.
"At Parting" by Walter Richard Cassels
This juggler is little, and ugly, and black,
But, like Atlas, he stalks with the world at his back;
'Tis certain, all fear of the devil he scorns;
Some say they are cousins; we know he wears horns.
Derry down.
"The Wonderful Juggler" by Henry Kirke White
Nobody knows where they went, or followed the track that they flew in,
For that Continent hadn't been given a name.
They ran thirty degrees from Torres Straits to Leeuwin
(Look at the Atlas, please then they ran back as they came.
"The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

Life is Too Short for Cloud Atlas's Self-Indulgence .
Researchers transformed data collected by the Large Hadron Collider's ATLAS experiment into musical notes, with music about 3.5 seconds into the score representing data for the possible Higgs boson particle.
What Would the Cloud Atlas Sextet Really Sound Like.
Ben Whishaw in Cloud Atlas.
The 46-year-old actress rocked a Catherine Malandrino leather and sheer skintight dress at the premiere of her new movie Cloud Atlas in Moscow Thursday, and RadarOnline.com has the stunning photos.
Herr-Voss Stamco, Callery, Pa. Has completed the commissioning of a 0.625- by 76-in.-wide slitting line for Atlas Tube at its Harrow, Ont.
The ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider includes the largest-volume detector ever constructed at 148-feet long, 82-feet wide and 82-feet high.
Maps and Atlases' Tight, Snappy 'Winter'.
"Winter," the first single from the Chicago quartet Maps & Atlases' second album Beware and Be Grateful finds the band merging tuneful songcraft with tight, dense rhythms.
Cloud Atlas Is A Snore .
Ambitious, soulless 'Cloud Atlas' shrugs off potential.
This film image released by Warner Bros Pictures shows Tom Hanks in a scene from "Cloud Atlas," an epic spanning centuries and genres.
Critics' Choices and other notable shows: Terry Adams Rock & Roll Quartet, Juana Molina, Struck by Lightning, David Dondero, Natacha Atlas, and more.
Tom Hanks and Halle Berry take on multiple roles in "Cloud Atlas," more.
Details about payload in National Reconnaissance Office's Atlas 5 rocket are secret.
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In science:

In this paper we describe the non-parametrical method of the energy reconstruction for a combined calorimeter, which called the e/h method, and demonstrate its performance on the basis of the test beam data of the ATLAS combined prototype calorimeter.
Hadron Energy Reconstruction for the ATLAS Barrel Prototype Combined Calorimeter in the Framework of the Non-parametrical Method
This work is the result of the efforts of many people from the ATLAS Collaboration.
Hadron Energy Reconstruction for the ATLAS Barrel Prototype Combined Calorimeter in the Framework of the Non-parametrical Method
The proof is an application of the localization criteria which are given in Sections 1 and 2, but requires a careful checking in the ATLAS [CCN], or in the more complete papers about maximal subgroups of finite simple groups (e.g. [Kle], [LW], [Wil2]).
Finite simple groups and localization
Proof In each case, it suffices to check in the ATLAS [CCN] that the conditions of Theorem 2.1 are satisfied.
Finite simple groups and localization
We note that another method, “cluster counting” is widely used, in particular for “fine grain” TRDs like the ones used in ATLAS and in HERA-B .
Prototype tests for the ALICE TRD
If we could construct the symmetry atlas of any given cosmology we would have gone a long way to answering any given question about the evolution of a cosmology.
Is Nature Generic?
This pro ject is being carried out as a collaboration between the Japanese Atlas group and the Minami-Tateya group, aiming at developing event generators for Tevatron and LHC experiments.
Integration of GRACE and PYTHIA
In fact, such embeddings depend (in addition to the choice of a mollifier as in the Rn -case) also on the choice of an atlas for X and of families of cut-off functions, hence are non-geometric in an essential way.
Generalized pseudo-Riemannian geometry
The first method has been originally proposed by ATLAS to measure the effective depletion depth of irradiated and non-irradiated sensors.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
We are grateful to the ATLAS collaboration, with special thanks to their pixel group for the sensors that were used in this test and many useful discussions.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
Several future high energy physics experiments (ALICE, ATLAS, BTeV, and CMS) are planning to use vertex detectors based on hybrid silicon pixel detectors.
Single Event Effects in the Pixel readout chip for BTeV
Now we apply the Leibniz rule and use the fact that in an atlas of normal charts the Christoffel symbols have bounded euclidean derivatives up to order k − 1.
Relative Zeta Functions, Determinants, Torsion, Index Theorems and Invariants for Open Manifolds
We say that {Ui , ϕi }i∈I form an atlas on M if we have the additional property that for all i, j ∈ I , x ∈ Ui ∩ Uj , one can find k ∈ I such that x ∈ Uk ⊆ Ui ∩ Uj .
Orbispaces and Orbifolds from the Point of View of the Borel Construction, a new Definition
As usual, a smooth atlas determines a unique maximal smooth atlas, so it’s enough to give some smooth atlas to define a smooth orbifold.
Orbispaces and Orbifolds from the Point of View of the Borel Construction, a new Definition
The conical atlas partition of unity We conclude with the partition of unity of the punctured ball B ∗ 0,ǫ,n+1 subordinate to its conical covering.
On certain generalized Hardy's inequalities and applications
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