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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Definitions for tessellate

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

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Citations for tessellate
Zinc lines his fretted vault with sable ore, / And dull Galena tessellates the floor … Erasmus Darwin, "The Economy of Vegetation," The Botanic Garden, 1791
His Scheme is to tessellate across the Plains a system of identical units, each containing five Squares in the shape of a Greek Cross, with each central square controlling the four radiating from it …. Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon, 1997
Origin of tessellate
Tessellate can be traced to the Latin tessella, "small square stone." It entered English in the late 1700s.