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mosaic

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noun mo·sa·ic \mō-ˈzā-ik\

Simple Definition of mosaic

  • : a decoration on a surface made by pressing small pieces of colored glass or stone into a soft material that then hardens to make pictures or patterns

  • : something made up of different things that together form a pattern

Full Definition of mosaic

  1. 1 :  a surface decoration made by inlaying small pieces of variously colored material to form pictures or patterns; also :  the process of making it

  2. 2 :  a picture or design made in mosaic

  3. 3 :  something resembling a mosaic <a mosaic of visions and daydreams and memories — Lawrence Shainberg>

  4. 4 :  an organism or one of its parts composed of cells of more than one genotype :  chimera 3

  5. 5 :  any of numerous virus diseases of plants characterized by diffuse light and dark green or yellow and green mottling of the foliage — compare tobacco mosaic virus

  6. 6 :  a composite map made of photographs taken by an aircraft or spacecraft

  7. 7 :  the part of a television camera tube consisting of many minute photoelectric particles that convert light to an electric charge

mo·sa·ic·like play \-ˈzā-ik-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of mosaic

  1. a church decorated with old mosaics

  2. a picture done in mosaic



Origin of mosaic

Middle English musycke, from Medieval Latin musaicum, alteration of Late Latin musivum, from Latin museum, musaeum


First Known Use: 15th century

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mosaic

adjective mo·sa·ic

Definition of mosaic

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, produced by, or resembling a mosaic

  2. 2 :  exhibiting mosaicism

  3. 3 :  determinate 5

mo·sa·i·cal·ly play \-ˈzā-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


1585

First Known Use of mosaic

1585

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mosaic

verb mo·sa·ic

Definition of mosaic

mosaickedmosaick·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to decorate with mosaics

  3. 2 :  to form into a mosaic



1839

First Known Use of mosaic

1839

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Mosaic

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adjective Mo·sa·ic \mō-ˈzā-ik\

Definition of Mosaic

  1. :  of or relating to Moses or the institutions or writings attributed to him



Origin of mosaic

New Latin Mosaicus, from Moses Moses


First Known Use: 1662

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