Tessellate Definition

tessellated, tessellates, tessellating
To lay out, inlay, or pave in a mosaic pattern of small, square blocks.
Webster's New World

(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.

Regular hexagons tessellate.
(geometry) To completely fill (an area) when multiple copies of one or more two-dimensional shapes are placed edge to edge.
It is possible to tessellate the plane with equilateral triangles and regular hexagons.
Arranged in a mosaic pattern; tessellated.
Webster's New World

Origin of Tessellate

  • From Latin tessellātus of small square stones from tessella small cube diminutive of tessera a square tessera

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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