• WordNet 3.6
    • v tessellate tile with tesserae "tessellate the kitchen floor"
    • v tessellate fit together exactly, of identical shapes "triangles tessellate"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Tessellate Tessellated.
    • v. t Tessellate To form into squares or checkers; to lay with checkered work. "The floors are sometimes of wood, tessellated after the fashion of France."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tessellate Having the appearance of a mosaic pavement; made up of elements of such forms and arrangement as to produce the appearance of a mosaic pavement, as in the case of spicules of sponges and spines of echinoids which have their distal ends enlarged, flattened, of polygonal form, and closely arranged.
    • n tessellate Something having a tessellated appearance.
    • tessellate To form by inlaying differently colored materials, as a pavement; hence, to variegate.
    • tessellate In zoology, same as tessellated, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Tessellate to form into squares or lay with chequered work
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. tessellatus, tessellated. See Tessellar
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. tessella, dim. of tessera, a square piece.


In literature:

Yet it is most ingeniously tesselated into a sort of Epicurean Eclogue in a Persian Garden.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
The ceiling and walls were rich with tessellated and arabesque work.
"The Pirate City" by R.M. Ballantyne
The floor of the chamber has been handsomely paved with tesselated bits of coloured marble, much of which still remains.
"Byeways in Palestine" by James Finn
As they trod the wide and spacious halls of tesselated marble objects of wealth and beauty met their view on all sides.
"Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome" by E.M. Berens
There was a sound of grating on the tesselated floor, as he pushed his chair back.
"Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman" by Emma Speed Sampson
The lower part of the body is of a silvery white, tesselated with oblong marks of black.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
On the tessellated floor was a little patch no bigger than a saucer which had been recently washed.
"The Green Rust" by Edgar Wallace
Several places, where the tops of the columns crop up, have the appearance of a tesselated pavement.
"A Yacht Voyage Round England" by W.H.G. Kingston
In 1867 a Roman tesselated pavement was discovered near the south front of this transept.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Gloucester [2nd ed.]" by H. J. L. J. Massé
In front of the altar is a tessellated pavement 11 feet long and nearly 4 feet wide.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon" by Cecil Walter Charles Hallett

In poetry:

As quiet as a toad I sit
And tell my tale of days to it;
The tessellated yarn I've spun
In thirty spells of star and sun.
"Moon-Lover" by Robert W Service
Two pleated bowers of woodbine pave,
'Neath all their heaviness of musk,
Two fountains of pellucid wave,
With sunlight-tessellated dusk.
"An Antique" by Madison Julius Cawein
I rose; far music drew my steps in fond pursuit
Down tessellated floors and towering peristyles:
Through groves of colonnades fair lamps were blushing fruit,
On seas of green mosaic soft rugs were flowery isles.
"The Sultan's Palace" by Alan Seeger
To feel, to know, to soar unlimited,
'Mid throngs of light-winged angels sweeping far,
And pore upon the realms unvisited,
That tesselate the unseen unthought star,
To be the thing that now I feebly dream
Flashing within my faintest, deepest gleam.
"From: A Poet's Hope" by William Ellery Channing

In news:

Cricket Music, Tessellation Figures & Notebook.
Irving Shulman's widow, Irma Shulman-Weiner, and daughter Susan Shulman Tessel.
Preview #3 from "Tessellations" airing THUR 5/17.

In science:

Baues, O. and Peyerimhoff, N. (2001) Curvature and geometry of tessellating plane graphs, Discrete Comput.
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
The models are generated using tessellation methods and level-cut random field models .
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
Table 1: Properties of the closed cell Voronoi tessellation model.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
The Voronoi tessellation has regular cells with perfectly fl at walls.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids
It is not clear if this implies that the disordered tessellation is stiffer than a regular tessellation.
Elastic moduli of model random three-dimensional closed-cell cellular solids