to lay out, inlay, or pave in a mosaic pattern of small, square blocks
Origin of tessellate; from Classical Latin tessellatus ; from tessella, little square stone, diminutive of tessera, a square: see tessera
arranged in a mosaic pattern; tessellated
transitive verbtes·sel·lat·ed, tes·sel·lat·ing, tes·sel·lates
To form into a mosaic pattern, as by using small squares of stone or glass.
Origin of tessellateFrom Latin tessellātus, of small square stones, from tessella, small cube, diminutive of tessera, a square; see tessera.
(third-person singular simple present tessellates, present participle tessellating, simple past and past participle tessellated)
- To cover with tiles or stones, as a mosaic.
- (intransitive, geometry) Of a two-dimensional shape, such that multiple copies of itself placed edge to edge cover an area leaving no space between the shapes.
- (geometry) To completely fill (an area) when multiple copies of one or more two-dimensional shapes are placed edge to edge.