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1mosaic

noun mo·sa·ic \mō-ˈzā-ik\

: 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
:  a surface decoration made by inlaying small pieces of variously colored material to form pictures or patterns; also :  the process of making it
2
:  a picture or design made in mosaic
3
:  something resembling a mosaic <a mosaic of visions and daydreams and memories — Lawrence Shainberg>
4
:  an organism or one of its parts composed of cells of more than one genotype :  chimera 3
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
:  a composite map made of photographs taken by an aircraft or spacecraft
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 \-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

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

2mosaic

adjective

Definition of MOSAIC

1
:  of, relating to, produced by, or resembling a mosaic
2
:  exhibiting mosaicism
3
:  determinate 5
mo·sa·i·cal·ly \-ˈzā-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

First Known Use of MOSAIC

1585

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

3mosaic

verb
mosaickedmosaick·ing

Definition of MOSAIC

transitive verb
1
:  to decorate with mosaics
2
:  to form into a mosaic

First Known Use of MOSAIC

1839

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

Mosaic

adjective Mo·sa·ic \mō-ˈzā-ik\

Definition of MOSAIC

:  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

Other Jewish Religion Terms

Talmud, Zion, challah, dybbuk, kosher, tabernacle, tetragrammaton, yarmulke
MOSAICLIKE Defined for Kids

mosaic

noun mo·sa·ic \mō-ˈzā-ik\

Definition of MOSAIC for Kids

:  a decoration on a surface made by setting small pieces of glass, stone, or tile of different colors into another material to make patterns or pictures

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