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tessellate Line breaks: tes¦sel|late
Pronunciation: /ˈtɛsəleɪt/
(US also tesselate)

Definition of tessellate in English:


[with object]
1 (often as adjective tessellated) Decorate (a floor or pavement) with mosaics.
Example sentences
  • The nature of their decoration, whether by painted plaster on walls or ceilings, or by tessellated and mosaic floors, compares well with that from the countryside.
  • One room had a red tessellated floor and the main reception room a geometric mosaic, partly restored.
  • Remains from Roman Canterbury have also come to light, including walls standing two feet high, metalled roads, a number of tessellated floors, and a hoard of about 700 low-denomination coins spanning the 1st - 4th centuries.
2Cover (a plane surface) by repeated use of a single shape, without gaps or overlapping.
Example sentences
  • By considering the action of the modular group on the complex plane, Klein showed that the fundamental region is moved around to tessellate the plane.
  • Does there exist an algorithm or standard procedure that can take as input an arbitrary single tile and determine in a finite number of steps whether or not that tile tessellates the plane?
  • Furthermore individual tracheids within these anomalous wood zones often possess a rounded cross-sectional shape, such that they do not perfectly tessellate, resulting in the occurrence of abundant intercellular spaces.


Late 17th century (as tessellated): from late Latin tessellat-, from the verb tessellare, from tessella, diminutive of tessera (see tessera).

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