mosaic work
Mosaic Mo*sa"ic, n. [F. mosa["i]que; cf. Pr. mozaic, musec, Sp. & Pg. mosaico, It. mosaico, musaico, LGr. ?, ?, L. musivum; all fr. Gr. ? belonging to the Muses. See {Muse} the goddess.] 1. (Fine Arts) A surface decoration made by inlaying in patterns small pieces of variously colored glass, stone, or other material; -- called also {mosaic work}. [1913 Webster]

2. A picture or design made in mosaic; an article decorated in mosaic. [1913 Webster]

3. Something resembling a mosaic[1]; something made up of different pieces, fitted together by design to form a unified composition. [PJC]

{aerial mosaic} An aerial photograph of a large area, made by carefully fitting together aerial photographs of smaller areas so that the edges match in location, and the whole provides a continuous image of the larger area. Called also

{mosaic map} and {photomosaic}.

{mosaic virus} A type of plant virus that causes green and yellow mottling of leaves of a plant. A much-studied type is the {tobacco mosaic virus}, affecting the tobacco plant. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Mosaic work — Mosaic Mo*sa ic, a. Of or pertaining to the style of work called mosaic; formed by uniting pieces of different colors; variegated; tessellated; also, composed of various materials or ingredients. [1913 Webster] A very beautiful mosaic pavement.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Mosaic — Mo*sa ic, a. Of or pertaining to the style of work called mosaic; formed by uniting pieces of different colors; variegated; tessellated; also, composed of various materials or ingredients. [1913 Webster] A very beautiful mosaic pavement. Addison …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mosaic gold — Mosaic Mo*sa ic, a. Of or pertaining to the style of work called mosaic; formed by uniting pieces of different colors; variegated; tessellated; also, composed of various materials or ingredients. [1913 Webster] A very beautiful mosaic pavement.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mosaic — (n.) c.1400, from O.Fr. mosaicq mosaic work, from It. mosaico, from M.L. musaicum mosaic work, work of the Muses, noun use of neuter of musaicus of the Muses, from L. Musa (see MUSE (Cf. muse)). Medieval mosaics were often dedicated to the Muses …   Etymology dictionary

  • Mosaic — Mo*sa ic, n. [F. mosa[ i]que; cf. Pr. mozaic, musec, Sp. & Pg. mosaico, It. mosaico, musaico, LGr. ?, ?, L. musivum; all fr. Gr. ? belonging to the Muses. See {Muse} the goddess.] 1. (Fine Arts) A surface decoration made by inlaying in patterns… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mosaic map — Mosaic Mo*sa ic, n. [F. mosa[ i]que; cf. Pr. mozaic, musec, Sp. & Pg. mosaico, It. mosaico, musaico, LGr. ?, ?, L. musivum; all fr. Gr. ? belonging to the Muses. See {Muse} the goddess.] 1. (Fine Arts) A surface decoration made by inlaying in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mosaic virus — Mosaic Mo*sa ic, n. [F. mosa[ i]que; cf. Pr. mozaic, musec, Sp. & Pg. mosaico, It. mosaico, musaico, LGr. ?, ?, L. musivum; all fr. Gr. ? belonging to the Muses. See {Muse} the goddess.] 1. (Fine Arts) A surface decoration made by inlaying in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mosaic — This article is about a decorative art. For other uses, see Mosaic (disambiguation). Irano Roman floor mosaic detail from the palace of Shapur I at Bishapur …   Wikipedia

  • mosaic — mosaically, adv. /moh zay ik/, n., adj., v., mosaicked, mosaicking. n. 1. a picture or decoration made of small, usually colored pieces of inlaid stone, glass, etc. 2. the process of producing such a picture or decoration. 3. something resembling …   Universalium

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