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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Geography
atlasat‧las /ˈætləs/ ●○○ noun [countable]  SGa book containing maps, especially of the whole world road atlas
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atlasRefer to an atlas and the map opposite.The departmental library is on four floors with two large reading rooms and an extensive map and atlas store.But the Utopia of machine-independence may not ultimately appear on the custodial atlas of the future.He signed the contract to produce his atlas in 1930.Road atlas programs will map out your route between two cities or set up a whole itinerary of stops.In dismay Paige realised that the atlas lay open to his inspection.She had the travel atlas, and she was showing Mike and Penny where we planned to go.a world atlas
AtlasAtlas  in Greek mythology, one of the titans (=the first gods who ruled the universe). After the Titans were defeated by zeus, Atlas was forced to hold the sky on his shoulders forever. In art, however, Atlas is usually shown holding the world on his shoulders, not the sky.
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