aerial mosaic
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 — 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 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • mosaic — In photogrammetry, an assembly of overlapping aerial photographs that have been matched to form a continuous photographic representation of a portion of the earth’s surface. A mosaic may be controlled, semicontrolled, or uncontrolled. A… …   Aviation dictionary

  • mosaic — [mō zā′ik] n. [LME musycke < OFr musique < ML musaicum, altered < LL musivum, mosaic, orig. neut. of L musivus, artistic, of a muse < L musa,MUSE: sp. altered by assoc. with Fr mosaïque < It mosaico < same ML source] 1. the… …   English World dictionary

  • mosaic map — noun A composite photographic map made from aerial photographs • • • Main Entry: ↑mosaic …   Useful english dictionary

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