[verb tes-uh-leyt; adjective tes-uh-lit, -leyt]

verb (used with object), tes·sel·lat·ed, tes·sel·lat·ing.

to form of small squares or blocks, as floors or pavements; form or arrange in a checkered or mosaic pattern.



Nearby words

  1. tesol,
  2. tess,
  3. tess of the d'urbervilles,
  4. tessa,
  5. tesselate,
  6. tessellated,
  7. tessellated fundus,
  8. tessellation,
  9. tessera,
  10. tesseract

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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British Dictionary definitions for tessellate



(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 for tessellate

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

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