or tes·se·lat·ed

[ 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

un·tes·sel·lat·ed, adjective

Definition for tessellated (2 of 2)


[ verb tes-uh-leyt; adjective tes-uh-lit, -leyt ]
/ verb ˈtɛs əˌleɪt; adjective ˈtɛs ə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /

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.


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 tessellated


/ (ˈtɛsɪˌleɪt) /


(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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Medicine definitions for tessellated


[ tĕsə-lā′tĭd ]


Composed of or patterned in small squares.

Related forms

tes′sel•lation n.
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