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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A Titan condemned by Zeus to support the heavens upon his shoulders.
  • n. The satellite of Saturn that is second in distance from the planet.
  • n. A person who supports a great burden.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. son of Iapetus and Clymene, war leader of the Titans ordered by the god Zeus to support the sky on his shoulders; father to Hesperides, the Hyades, and the Pleiades; king of the legendary Atlantis.
  • proper n. a moon of Saturn
  • proper n. a crater in the first quadrant of the moon
  • proper n. Intercontinental ballistic missile

Etymologies

Greek; see telə- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Ἄτλας, meaning "The Bearer (of the Heavens)", from τλῆναι (tlēnai, "to thole, suffer, endure, bear"). See tolerate. (Wiktionary)

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