[verb tes-uh-leyt; adjective tes-uh-lit, -leyt]
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verb (used with object), tes·sel·lat·ed, tes·sel·lat·ing.
  1. to form of small squares or blocks, as floors or pavements; form or arrange in a checkered or mosaic pattern.
  1. tessellated.

Origin of tessellate

1785–95; < Latin tessellātus mosaic, equivalent to tessell(a) small square stone (diminutive of tessera tessera) + -ātus -ate1
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Related Words for tessellate

decorate, trim, veneer, inset, tessellate

British Dictionary definitions for tessellate


  1. (tr) to construct, pave, or inlay with a mosaic of small tiles
  2. (intr) (of identical shapes) to fit together exactlytriangles will tessellate but octagons will not

Word Origin for tessellate

C18: from Latin tessellātus checked, from tessella small stone cube, from tessera
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