[verb tes-uh-leyt; adjective tes-uh-lit, -leyt]
- to form of small squares or blocks, as floors or pavements; form or arrange in a checkered or mosaic pattern.
Origin of tessellate
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- (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
C18: from Latin tessellātus checked, from tessella small stone cube, from tessera
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