from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Architecture Plural of atlas2.
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- n. Plural form of atlas.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Figures or half figures of men, used as columns to support an entablature; -- called also telamones. See caryatides.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In architecture, figures or half figures of men used in place of columns or pilasters, to support an entablature.
Here was revealed, beyond a splashing fountain guarded by recumbent lions, up a hillside, densely covered with dark confiners, a baroque grotto with exuberantly rusticated arches and athletic atlantes.
Quales statuae (quod ait  ille) quae sacris in aedibus columnis imponuntur, velut oneri cedentes videntur, ac si insudarent, quum revera sensu sint carentes, et nihil saxeam adjuvent firmitatem: atlantes videri volunt, quum sint statuae lapideae, umbratiles revera homunciones, fungi, forsan et bardi, nihil a saxo differentes.
You can see this in atlantes and dictionaries until the Eighties, but the situation is almost reverse now.
Again, figures in the form of men supporting mutules or coronae, we term "telamones" -- the reasons why or wherefore they are so called are not found in any story -- but the Greeks name them [Greek: atlantes].
The walls of the narrow cella were interrupted by heavy piers supporting atlantes, or applied statues under the ceiling.