transitive verb (-lated; -lating) Etymology: Late Latin tessellatus, past participle of tessellare to pave with tesserae, from Latin tessella, diminutive of tessera Date: 1789 to form into or adorn with mosaic

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  • Tessellate — Tes sel*late, a. [L. tesselatus.] Tessellated. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tessellate — Tes sel*late, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tessellated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Tessellating}.] [L. tessellatus tessellated. See {Tessellar}.] To form into squares or checkers; to lay with checkered work. [1913 Webster] The floors are sometimes of wood,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tessellate — ► VERB 1) (often as adj. tessellated) decorate (a floor) with mosaics. 2) Mathematics cover (a plane surface) by repeated use of a single shape. DERIVATIVES tessellation noun. ORIGIN Latin tessellare, from tessera …   English terms dictionary

  • tessellate — [tes′ə lāt΄; ] for adj. [, tes′əlit, tes′əlāt΄] vt. tessellated, tessellating [< L tessellatus < tessella, little square stone, dim. of tessera, a square: see TESSERA] to lay out, inlay, or pave in a mosaic pattern of small, square blocks… …   English World dictionary

  • tessellate — verb a) To cover with tiles or stones, as a mosaic. Regular hexagons tessellate. b) Of a two dimensional shape, such that multiple copies of itself placed edge to edge cover an area leaving no space between the shapes. It is possible to… …   Wiktionary

  • tessellate — adj. [L. tessellatus, mosaic] Marked or colored in the pattern of squares, or oblong areas; checkerboard like …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • tessellate — v. /tes euh layt /; adj. /tes euh lit, layt /, v., tessellated, tessellating, adj. v.t. 1. to form of small squares or blocks, as floors or pavements; form or arrange in a checkered or mosaic pattern. adj. 2. tessellated. [1785 95; < L… …   Universalium

  • tessellate — Synonyms and related words: band, bar, bespangle, bespeckle, bespot, blotch, check, checker, dapple, dot, fit in, flake, fleck, freckle, harlequin, implant, infix, inlay, iris, maculate, marble, marbleize, motley, mottle, pepper, polychrome,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • tessellate — tes·sel·late || tesɪleɪt v. create a mosaic, tile with small squares …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tessellate — [ tɛsəleɪt] verb 1》 decorate (a floor) with mosaics. 2》 Mathematics cover (a plane surface) by repeated use of a single shape, without gaps or overlapping. Derivatives tesselated adjective tesselation noun Origin C18 (earlier (C17) as… …   English new terms dictionary

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