tessellated

[tes-uh-ley-tid]
Also, tesselated.


Origin:
1685–95; tessellate + -ed2

untessellated, adjective
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tessellate

[v. tes-uh-leyt; adj. tes-uh-lit, -leyt]
verb (used with object), tessellated, tessellating.
1.
to form of small squares or blocks, as floors or pavements; form or arrange in a checkered or mosaic pattern.
adjective

Origin:
1785–95; < Latin tessellātus mosaic, equivalent to tessell(a) small square stone (diminutive of tessera tessera) + -ātus -ate1

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tessellate (ˈtɛsɪˌleɪt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to construct, pave, or inlay with a mosaic of small tiles
2.  (intr) (of identical shapes) to fit together exactly: triangles will tessellate but octagons will not
 
[C18: from Latin tessellātus checked, from tessella small stone cube, from tessera]

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tessellated
1695, from L. tessellatus "made of small square stones or tiles," from tessella "small square stone or tile," dim. of tessera "a cube or square of stone or wood," perhaps from Gk. tessera, neut. of tesseres, Ionic variant of tessares "four" (see four), in reference to four
corners. Tessellation is attested from 1660.
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tessellated tes·sel·lat·ed (těs'ə-lā'tĭd)
adj.
Composed of or patterned in small squares.


tes'sel·la'tion n.
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Example sentences
Students can simply cut out their tessellated design on the pattern block triangle paper and glue it on construction for display.
Students will draw a diagram of their different tessellated shapes on a white sheet of paper.
The tessellated output of the correction volumes combines a set of sub-regions into one global correction set.
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