- of, relating to, or like a mosaic.
- arranged in or having the appearance of a mosaic; checkered.
Origin of tessellated
- to form of small squares or blocks, as floors or pavements; form or arrange in a checkered or mosaic pattern.
Origin of tessellate
Examples from the Web for tessellated
The room was built of rose-coloured marble excepting the floor, which was tessellated in rose and grey.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
The patio itself is paved with painted bricks—a tessellated pavement.The White Chief
The ceiling and walls were rich with tessellated and arabesque work.The Pirate City
He passed on, measuring the tessellated court with a backward sweep of the eye.The King of Diamonds
The sidewalks were laid in tessellated work of all the hues of the solar spectrum.A. D. 2000
Alvarado M. Fuller
The floors of the aisles, choir, and chancel are inlaid with tessellated tiles.The Church Index
- (tr) to construct, pave, or inlay with a mosaic of small tiles
- (intr) (of identical shapes) to fit together exactlytriangles will tessellate but octagons will not
Word Origin and History for tessellated
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.
- Composed of or patterned in small squares.