tes·​sel·​la·​tion | \ ˌte-sə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce tessellation (audio) \

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

Examples of tessellation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keller’s conjecture, a tessellation problem about the way certain shapes tile in certain spaces, has been solved for all but seven-dimensional space. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Humans Couldn't Solve This Math Problem for 90 Years. Computers Did It in 30 Minutes.," 31 Aug. 2020 In the cases Wiles studied, the tiling might be something along the lines of M.C. Escher’s famous tessellations of a disk with fish or angels and devils that get smaller near the boundary. Quanta Magazine, "‘Amazing’ Math Bridge Extended Beyond Fermat’s Last Theorem," 6 Apr. 2020 As one journey — the classification of all convex polygon tessellations — ends, another is just beginning. Quanta Magazine, "Pentagon Tiling Proof Solves Century-Old Math Problem," 11 July 2017 An example is the tessellation of a strange, multipronged shape called the Taylor-Socolar tile, discovered by the Australian amateur mathematician Joan Taylor in the 1990s, and analyzed in detail with Joshua Socolar of Duke University in 2010. Quanta Magazine, "A Chemist Shines Light on a Surprising Prime Number Pattern," 14 May 2018 The squinting eyes, the jut of the chin, the precise tessellation of the lower lip and upper lip stay the same. Wired, "The Game-Changing Tech Behind Gemini Man's 'Young' Will Smith," 24 Sep. 2019 Park’s entry was inspired by origami tessellations. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "These Wild Sculptures Could Bring Sustainable Energy to the Desert," 10 Sep. 2019 Good Sets In his proof, Rao first showed that there are only a finite number of scenarios for how the corners of convex pentagons can fit together that need to be checked for tessellations. Quanta Magazine, "Pentagon Tiling Proof Solves Century-Old Math Problem," 11 July 2017 The pattern of creases forms a tessellation of parallelograms, and the whole structure collapses and unfolds in a single motion — providing an elegant way to fold a map. Quanta Magazine, "The Atomic Theory of Origami," 31 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of tessellation

1660, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Tessellation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tessellation. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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