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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


[verb tes-uh-leyt; adjective tes-uh-lit, -leyt] /verb ˈtɛs əˌleɪt; adjective ˈtɛs ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), tessellated, tessellating.
to form of small squares or blocks, as floors or pavements; form or arrange in a checkered or mosaic pattern.
1785-95; < Latin tessellātus mosaic, equivalent to tessell(a) small square stone (diminutive of tessera tessera) + -ātus -ate1 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tessellated
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  • The patio itself is paved with painted bricks—a tessellated pavement.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • The ceiling and walls were rich with tessellated and arabesque work.

    The Pirate City R.M. Ballantyne
  • He passed on, measuring the tessellated court with a backward sweep of the eye.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • 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 William Pepperell
  • The floor will be as artistic as the tessellated pavement of a palace.

    The American Country Girl Martha Foote Crow
  • I think we were right about the latter, but I am not so sure as to the tessellated floor.

    Theodore Roosevelt Theodore Roosevelt
  • I said to him, "Can you tell me the way to the tessellated pavement?"

  • He stepped on to the tessellated pavement of the outer hall.

    The Pretty Lady

    Arnold E. Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for tessellated


(transitive) to construct, pave, or inlay with a mosaic of small tiles
(intransitive) (of identical shapes) to fit together exactly: triangles will tessellate but octagons will not
Word Origin
C18: from Latin tessellātus checked, from tessella small stone cube, from tessera
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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.

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tessellated in Medicine

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

tes'sel·la'tion n.
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