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[tes-uh-leyt] /ˈtɛs əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), tesselated, tesselating, adjective


or tesselated

[tes-uh-ley-tid] /ˈtɛs əˌleɪ tɪd/
of, relating to, or like a mosaic.
arranged in or having the appearance of a mosaic; checkered.
Origin of tessellated
First recorded in 1685-95; tessellate + -ed2
Related forms
untessellated, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for tesselated
Historical Examples
  • Ted said nothing, but continued to stare at the tesselated floor.

    The Making of a Prig Evelyn Sharp
  • It is a smaller species, and the armour has a tesselated appearance.

  • The floor was a tesselated pavement of porphyry and other beautiful stones.

  • Through gates of burnished brass, they entered a small court with a tesselated pavement of black and white marble.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • In the church, as she strolled over its tesselated acres, he was the first person she encountered.

  • It had fallen to the ground, and lay a dark blot upon the mellow fairness of the tesselated pavement.

  • Soft mosses crept around the marble basin, and dropped downward to the tesselated floor.

    Fashion and Famine Ann S. Stephens
  • tesselated pavements have been found in Threadneedle Street, and other spots near the Exchange.

    Old and New London Walter Thornbury
  • In the cloisters are several curious statues, stained glass windows, and tesselated pavement.

  • This is a fragment of a tesselated floor, discovered a few years ago, but covered over by a former possessor of the estate.

    A Walk through Leicester Susanna Watts
Word Origin and History for tesselated



1690s, from Late Latin tessellatus "made of small square stones or tiles," from tessella "small square stone or tile," diminutive of tessera "a cube or square of stone or wood," perhaps from Greek tessera, neuter of tesseres, Ionic variant of tessares "four" (see four), in reference to four corners. Related: Tessellate (1826, adj.; 1791, v.; 1909, n.); tessellating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tesselated in Medicine

tessellated tes·sel·lat·ed (těs'ə-lā'tĭd)
Composed of or patterned in small squares.

tes'sel·la'tion n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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