tes·​sel·​la·​tion | \ˌte-sə-ˈlā-shən \

Definition of tessellation 

1a : mosaic

b : a covering of an infinite geometric plane without gaps or overlaps by congruent plane figures of one type or a few types

2 : an act of tessellating : the state of being tessellated

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The Infinity Puzzle, as it's called, uses concepts like tessellation and Klein bottles to create a puzzle with no sides or corners. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "This Math-Inspired Jigsaw Puzzle Goes On Forever," 23 Nov. 2016 Its sky is full of gantry cranes, stacking 20-foot-long shipping containers in multicoloured tessellations, like giant Lego bricks. The Economist, "The other handoverAn illustrious Hong Kong container firm sells to China," 15 July 2017 But organic shapes or shapes that don't repeat in a regular pattern are also valid tessellations. Evelyn Lamb, Scientific American Blog Network, "For World Tessellation Day, Remember to Look Down," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of tessellation

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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