- The definition of a mosaic is artwork made by placing colored pieces such as stone, glass or tile into a design and then setting the design in mortar.
An example of a mosaic is the dragon at the entrance of Antoni Gaudi's Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain.
mosaic definition by Webster's New World
- the process of making pictures or designs by inlaying small bits of colored stone, glass, tile, etc. in mortar
- inlaid work made by this process
- a picture or design so made
- anything resembling this, as a number of aerial photographs pieced together to show a continuous area
- Biol. chimera ()
- Bot. any of the viral diseases that cause wrinkling or mottling of leaves
- TV the photosensitive plate in an iconoscope or other television camera tube
Origin: Late Middle English musycke ; from Old French musique ; from Midieval Latin musaicum, altered ; from Late Latin musivum, mosaic, origin, originally neuter of Classical Latin musivus, artistic, of a muse ; from Classical Latin musa, muse: spelling, spelled altered by associated, association with French mosaïque ; from Italian mosaico ; from same Midieval Latin source
Origin: Ecclesiastical Late Latin Mosaicus ; from Ecclesiastical Greek Mōsaikos
mosaic definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.b. The process or art of making such pictures or designs.
- A composite picture made of overlapping, usually aerial, photographs.
- Something that resembles a mosaic: a mosaic of testimony from various witnesses.
- Botany A viral disease of plants, resulting in light and dark areas in the leaves, which often become shriveled and dwarfed.
- A photosensitive surface, as in the iconoscope of a television camera.
- Biology An individual exhibiting mosaicism.
- To make by mosaic: mosaic a design on a rosewood box.
- To adorn with or as if with mosaic: mosaic a sidewalk.
Origin: Middle English musycke, from Old French mosaique, from Old Italian mosaico, from Medieval Latin mūsāicum, neuter of mūsāicus, of the Muses, from Latin Mūsa, Muse, from Greek Mousa; see men-1 in Indo-European roots.
- mo·saˈi·cist noun
mosaic - Computer Definition
An Internet browser that provides a consistent user interface available in versions to support Macintosh, Microsoft Windows, and Unix
The Web browser created by Marc Andreessen, Eric Bina and others at the University of Illinois National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). It was the first multimedia browser for the Web, allowing text, images, sound and video to be accessed via a graphical user interface. The "Killer App" of the Web Mosaic was released on the Internet in 1993 and became "the" application that caused the Web to explode. Originally developed for Unix, it was ported to Windows and Mac within a few months. Both Andreessen and Bina later went to work for Mosaic Corporation, which was formed to market Mosaic, but wound up developing the Netscape browser. The company was renamed Netscape, and the Netscape browser reigned supreme for a while. The University eventually licensed Mosaic to Spyglass, Inc., which Microsoft acquired. Thus, the Mosaic browser ultimately evolved into Internet Explorer. See Web browser and Netscape.
mosaic - Cultural Definition
A picture or design made from small pieces of colored tile, glass, or other material set in mortar. Mosaics have been widely used in Christian churches to decorate walls and ceilings.
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