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at·o·my 1

 (ăt′ə-mē)
n. pl. at·o·mies Archaic
1. A tiny particle; a mote.
2. A tiny being.

[From Latin atomī, pl. of atomus, atom; see atom.]

at·o·my 2

 (ăt′ə-mē)
n. pl. at·o·mies Archaic
A gaunt person; a skeleton.

[From an atomy, respelling of anatomy.]

atomy

(ˈætəmɪ)
n, pl -mies
1. an atom or minute particle
2. a minute creature
[C16: from Latin atomī atoms, but used as if singular; see atom]

atomy

(ˈætəmɪ)
n, pl -mies
an obsolete word for skeleton
[C16: from mistaken division of anatomy (as if an atomy)]

at•o•my

(ˈæt ə mi)

n., pl. -mies.
1. an atom; mote.
2. a small creature; pygmy.
[1585–95; singular use of Latin atomī, pl. of atomus atom]

atomy

Obsolete, a skeleton.
See also: Bones
References in classic literature ?
They use that moon no more For the same end as before - Videlicet a tent - Which I think extravagant: Its atomies, however, Into a shower dissever, Of which those butterflies, Of Earth, who seek the skies, And so come down again(Never-contented things
Its movables were ugly old chairs with worn-out seats, and ugly old chairs without any seats; a threadbare patternless carpet, a maimed table, a crippled wardrobe, a lean set of fire-irons like the skeleton of a set deceased, a washing-stand that looked as if it had stood for ages in a hail of dirty soapsuds, and a bedstead with four bare atomies of posts, each terminating in a spike, as if for the dismal accommodation of lodgers who might prefer to impale themselves.
I knew that you could not say to yourself'stereotomy' without being brought to think of atomies, and thus of the theories of Epicurus; and since, when we discussed this subject not very long ago, I mentioned to you how singularly, yet with how little notice, the vague guesses of that noble Greek had met with confirmation in the late nebular cosmogony, I felt that you could not avoid casting your eyes upward to the great nebula in Orion, and I certainly expected that you would do so.
In Dickens's representation of the last years of the anden regime, when the storm (the major extended macro-metaphor of the novel (5)) was slowly gathering in the sea of human suffering, the "Hunger" of lower-class Parisians is said to be "shred into atomies in every farthing porringer of husky chips of potato, fried with some reluctant drops of oil" (33).
Donne's Atomies and Anatomies: Deconstructed Bodies and the Resurrection of Atomic Theory.
People wrestle with foreign ways learn about their own roots to atomies and thus to understand the matrix of their own educational heritage.
For the "crew," which "Shelley" had described as "deluded," seem "like atomies to dance / Within a sunbeam" (TL, 184, 444-46).
While he ran ConverDyn, Graham also was a senior vice president for General Atomies, responsible for the company's nuclear fuel cycle activities from 1992 until 2004, During that lime, he oversaw the permitting, design, construction and operation of the first leach uranium mine in Australia, which has one of the largest resources of uranium in the world.
We are meant to see ourselves as perfect little moral atomies answerable for our behavior to no smaller honor group than the human race--or, since that involves "speciesism," all living things.
Wee then, who are this new soule, know, Of what we are compos'd, and made, For, th' Atomies of which we grow, Are soules, whom no change can invade.