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mosaic

noun mo·sa·ic \ mō-ˈzā-ik \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

mosaiclike

play \-ˈzā-ik-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of mosaic in a Sentence

  1. a church decorated with old mosaics

  2. a picture done in mosaic

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Origin and Etymology of mosaic

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

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mosaic

adjective

Definition of mosaic

1 : of, relating to, produced by, or resembling a mosaic
2 : exhibiting mosaicism
3 : determinate 5

mosaically

play \-ˈzā-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of mosaic

1585

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mosaic

verb

Definition of mosaic

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

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First Known Use of mosaic

1770

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Mosaic

adjective Mo·sa·ic \ mō-ˈzā-ik \

Definition of Mosaic

: of or relating to Moses or the institutions or writings attributed to him
  • lived under the Mosaic Law

Origin and Etymology of mosaic

New Latin Mosaicus, from Moses Moses

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MOSAIC Defined for English Language Learners

mosaic

noun

Definition of mosaic for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MOSAIC Defined for Kids

mosaic

noun mo·sa·ic \ mō-ˈzā-ik \

Definition of mosaic for Students

: 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

Medical Dictionary

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mosaic

noun mo·sa·ic \ mō-ˈzā-ik \

medical Definition of mosaic

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

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mosaic

adjective

medical Definition of mosaic

1 : exhibiting mosaicism

mosaically

play \-ˈzā-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


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