• WordNet 3.6
    • adj Mosaic of or relating to Moses or the laws and writings attributed to him "Mosaic Law"
    • n mosaic art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass
    • n mosaic arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture
    • n mosaic transducer formed by the light-sensitive surface on a television camera tube
    • n mosaic a pattern resembling a mosaic
    • n Mosaic a freeware browser
    • n mosaic viral disease in solanaceous plants (tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco) resulting in mottling and often shriveling of the leaves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mosaic A picture or design made in mosaic; an article decorated in mosaic.
    • Mosaic (Fine Arts) A surface decoration made by inlaying in patterns small pieces of variously colored glass, stone, or other material; -- called also mosaic work.
    • prop. a Mosaic Of or pertaining to Moses, the leader of the Israelites, or established through his agency; as, the Mosaic law, rites, or institutions.
    • a Mosaic Of or pertaining to the style of work called mosaic; formed by uniting pieces of different colors; variegated; tessellated; also, composed of various materials or ingredients. "A very beautiful mosaic pavement."
    • Mosaic Something resembling a mosaic{1}; something made up of different pieces, fitted together by design to form a unified composition.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mosaic Made of small pieces inlaid to form a pattern; also, resembling such inlaid work.
    • n mosaic Mosaic work; inlaid work, especially in hard materials, as distinguished from inlays of wood, ivory, or the like. The most common materials for mosaic are colored stones and glass, pavements and floors being more commonly made of the former. Glass mosaic is composed either of pieces cut from small colored rods which are prepared in a suitable variety of colors and shades, and by means of which pictorial effects can readily be obtained, as in Roman mosaic, or of tesseræ made each by itself, the colors used in this method being fewer and the pieces usually about a quarter of an inch square. The latter variety may be distinguished as Byzantine or Venetian mosaic. Mosaic was a usual decoration among the later Greeks and the Romans, and among the Byzantines and their immediate artistic followers, as at Ravenna and Venice, and in the splendid Norman-Saracenic churches of Sicily, displayed a preeminent excellence of design and magnificence of color. The art has recently been revived, with especial success in Italy and France.
    • n mosaic A piece of mosaic work: as, a Florentine mosaic; a Roman mosaic; a glass mosaic.
    • n mosaic Anything resembling a piece of mosaic work in composition.
    • n mosaic See the adjectives.
    • mosaic Relating to Moses, the Hebrew lawgiver, or to the writings and institutions attributed to him.
    • mosaic In biology, pertaining to or characterized by the presence of antagonistic or mutually exclusive parental characters in different parts of the body or of the germ-cells.
    • n mosaic In biology, an organism which has antagonistic or mutually exclusive parental characteristics in different parts of its body.
    • mosaic To work up into a mosaic; represent in or decorate with mosaic patterns. Also mosaick.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Mosaic mö-zā′ik a kind of work in which designs are formed by small pieces of coloured marble, glass, &c. cemented on a ground of stucco, or inlaid upon metal
    • adj Mosaic relating to, or composed of, mosaic
    • adj Mosaic mō-zā′ik pertaining to Moses, the great Jewish lawgiver
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  • Jimmy Carter
    “We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”
  • Friedrich Schlegel
    “What is called good society is usually nothing but a mosaic of polished caricatures.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mosaïque,; cf. Pr. mozaic, musec, Sp. & Pg. mosaico, It. mosaico, musaico, LGr. , , L. musivum,; all fr. Gr. belonging to the Muses. See Muse the goddess


In literature:

One caught one story, and his friend another; and it is a nice bit of mosaic which we find in their school-boy productions.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
For the American Church in Rome he designed a number of mosaics.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Mosaic, as is well-known, is the most permanent of all the processes of decorative art.
"Theodoric the Goth" by Thomas Hodgkin
Remenyi always seemed to me like a choice antique mosaic, a trifle weather-worn, set into the present.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
When paintings began to take the place of the glass mosaics then came the height of fame for Venetian glass.
"The Story of Glass" by Sara Ware Bassett
Our eyes fall on the name Austerlitz down in the mosaic of the crypt.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The floors are of mosaic.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3)" by Shearjashub Spooner
Devout Hebrews during the period of the Judges obeyed the Mosaic prohibition of usury or interest.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
The reredos is lined by beautiful glass mosaics, and the semi-dome is mosaic work to match.
"Westminster" by Sir Walter Besant
A rich mosaic was the visitation of this sterling race.
"St. Cuthbert's" by Robert E. Knowles

In poetry:

Below was all mosaic choicely plann'd
With cycles of the human tale
Of this wide world, the times of every land
So wrought, they will not fail.
"The Palace of Art" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
A little more and the new life’s doors
Shall be carved in silver light
With its aureate roof and mosaic floors
In a great world bare and bright.
"A God's Labour" by Aurobindo Ghose
No word-mosaic artificer, he sang
A lofty song of lowly weal and dole.
Right from the heart, right to the heart it sprang,
Or from the soul leapt instant to the soul.
"Wordsworth's Grave" by William Watson
The frail mosaic on her window
Facing starkly toward the street
Is scribbled there by tipsy sparrows—
Etched there with their rocking feet.
Is fashioned too, by every beat
Of shirt and sheet.
"Seen From The "L"" by Djuna Barnes
He slept. His sidelong violence summoned
fiends whose mosaic vision saw
his heart entire. Pincer and claw,
trident and vampire fang, envenomed
with his most secret hate, reached and came near
to pierce him in the thicket of his fear.
"The Glass Jar" by Gwen Harwood
She passed beneath the rose red lights that hung from roof and door,
And by unseeing gods, where curled an incense, blue and sweet;
As one who walks in sleep she crossed the cool mosaic floor,
That echoed to the music of her little sandalled feet.
"In Egypt" by Virna Sheard

In news:

Record summer sales seen at Mosaic on Hermann Park.
SICIS mosaic pool design Sunbrella Harwood Onyx & Black.
Artistic expression and an illustration of trends, fashion and lifestyles can be achieved with the use of mosaic glass tile in outdoor pools and spas.
His tile mosaic concept has evolved and expanded to include the untraditional use of, yes, the Rubik's cube, inspired by the mathematics of its color combinations and the simple fact that it's a game.
Parts of Jess Walter's mosaic novel "Beautiful Ruins" take place in a remote Italian coastal town in 1962.
The 6-foot-tall mosaic head is phase one —.
Off-Ramp for March 10, 2012, is like a Millard Sheets mosaic.
Items include heralded lamps , vases, paintings, mosaics from Japanese collection.
Mosaic to run Redmond Lynch clinic.
An "ultra- modern " bronze sculpture hung from the 17-foot high lobby ceiling and there were Miró-inspired mosaics in the bathrooms.
"We've chosen to bank on the sun," Steve Richmond, Mosaic 's chief financial officer, told the gathering.
Mosaic 's website acknowledges that investors could lose some or all of their investment.
1,600-year-old mosaic at Israeli synagogue damaged.
It was at that point that the mosaic 's secretive artist, Mark Patterson, stepped forward to claim the Surfing Madonna as his own.
He paid for the removal of the mosaic in June 2011 and began looking for a new place to reinstall her.

In science:

The mosaicing strategy evaluated here effectively redistributes the observing time equally among the synthetic l-space filters so that the sum of the squares of the signal-to-noise ratios over all independent filters is invariant and is proportional to the total observing time.
Observing the CMB with the AMiBA
Over half of our spectroscopic sample with Mosaic photometry (136 GCs) was observed with CTIO/Hydra.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
Figure 9 shows the locations of all confirmed GCs with respect to the galaxy and the three Mosaic fields.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
Fig. 9.— GC positions and Mosaic fields overplotted on a DSS image of NGC 5128.
The Globular Cluster System of NGC 5128 I. Survey and Catalogs
Each field was a mosaic of 9 pointings arranged in a 3×3 matrix with a spacing of 12′′ which is roughly equal to half the primary beam size.
The structure of Onsala 1 star forming region