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mosaic

[ moh-zey-ik ]
/ mo蕣藞ze瑟 瑟k /
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noun
adjective
pertaining to, resembling, or used for making a mosaic or mosaic work: a mosaic tile.
composed of a combination of diverse elements.
verb (used with object), mo路sa路icked, mo路sa路ick路ing.
to make a mosaic of or from.
to decorate with mosaic.
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Origin of mosaic

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; Middle English, from Middle French mosa茂que, from Italian mosaico, from Medieval Latin musaicum, re-formation of Late Latin mus墨vum (opus), Latin mus膿um, musaeum 鈥渕osaic work,鈥 of obscure origin; variants may show an assumed relationship with Greek mouse卯on 鈥渟hrine of the Muses, museum鈥 by analogy with arch墨(v)um 鈥渁rchive鈥 though classical Greek word is not attested in the sense 鈥渕osaic鈥; see museum, archive

OTHER WORDS FROM mosaic

mo路sa路i路cal路ly, adverbpre路mo路sa路ic, adjective

Other definitions for mosaic (2 of 2)

Mosaic
[ moh-zey-ik ]
/ mo蕣藞ze瑟 瑟k /

adjective
of or relating to Moses or the writings, laws, and principles attributed to him: Mosaic ethics.
Sometimes Mo路sa路i路cal .

Origin of Mosaic

1655鈥65; <New Latin Mosaicus, equivalent to Late Latin M艒s(膿s) Moses + -aicus, on the model of Hebraicus Hebraic

OTHER WORDS FROM Mosaic

post-Mo路sa路ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mosaic (1 of 2)

mosaic
/ (m蓹藞ze瑟瑟k) /

noun
a design or decoration made up of small pieces of coloured glass, stone, etc
the process of making a mosaic
  1. a mottled yellowing that occurs in the leaves of plants affected with any of various virus diseases
  2. Also called: mosaic disease any of the diseases, such as tobacco mosaic, that produce this discoloration
genetics another name for chimera (def. 4)
an assembly of aerial photographs forming a composite picture of a large area on the ground
a light-sensitive surface on a television camera tube, consisting of a large number of granules of photoemissive material deposited on an insulating medium

Derived forms of mosaic

mosaicist (m蓹藞ze瑟瑟s瑟st), noun

Word Origin for mosaic

C16: via French and Italian from Medieval Latin m艒saicus, from Late Greek mouseion mosaic work, from Greek mouseios of the Muses, from mousa Muse

British Dictionary definitions for mosaic (2 of 2)

Mosaic

Mosaical

/ (m蓹蕣藞ze瑟瑟k) /

adjective
of or relating to Moses or the laws and traditions ascribed to him
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for mosaic

mosaic
[ m艒-z膩沫k ]

adj.
Patterned in small squares; tesselated.
n.
An organism exhibiting mosaicism.
The American Heritage庐 Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright 漏 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for mosaic

mosaic
[ m艒-z膩沫k ]

Any of various viral diseases of plants, resulting in light and dark areas in the leaves, which often become shriveled and dwarfed.
The American Heritage庐 Science Dictionary Copyright 漏 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for mosaic

mosaic

A picture or design made from small pieces of colored tile, glass, or other material set in mortar. Mosaics have been widely used in Christian churches to decorate walls and ceilings.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright 漏 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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