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AT'LAS, noun

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.

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. Atlasses are plain, striped, or flowered; but they have not the fine gloss and luster of some French silks.

5. The first vertebra of the neck.

6. A term applied to paper, as atlas fine.