Definitions for MOSAICmoʊˈzeɪ ɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

mo•sa•icmoʊˈzeɪ ɪk(n.; adj.; v.)-icked, -ick•ing.

  1. (n.)a picture or decoration made of small, usu. colored pieces of inlaid stone, glass, etc.

    Category: Fine Arts

  2. the process of producing such a picture or decoration.

    Category: Fine Arts

  3. something resembling a mosaic, esp. in being made up of diverse elements:

    a cultural mosaic.

  4. Category: Surveying

    Ref: Also called photomosaic.

  5. Also called mosa′ic disease`. any of several diseases of plants, characterized by mottled green or green and yellow areas on the leaves, caused by certain viruses.

    Category: Plant Pathology

  6. an organism exhibiting mosaicism.

    Category: Developmental Biology

  7. (adj.)pertaining to, resembling, or used for making a mosaic or mosaic work:

    a mosaic tile.

    Category: Fine Arts

  8. composed of a combination of diverse elements.

  9. (v.t.)to make a mosaic of or from.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Fine Arts

  10. to decorate with mosaic.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Fine Arts

Origin of mosaic:

1350–1400; ME < MF mosaïque < It mosaico < ML musaicum; orig. obscure

mo•sa′i•cist-ə sɪst(n.)

Mo•sa•icmoʊˈzeɪ ɪk(adj.)

also Mo•sa′i•cal

  1. of or pertaining to Moses or the writings, laws, and principles attributed to him.

    Category: Judaism

Origin of Mosaic:

1655–65; < NL Mosaicus < LL Mōs(ēs)Moses1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mosaic(noun)

    art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass

  2. mosaic(noun)

    viral disease in solanaceous plants (tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco) resulting in mottling and often shriveling of the leaves

  3. Mosaic(noun)

    a freeware browser

  4. mosaic(noun)

    a pattern resembling a mosaic

  5. mosaic(noun)

    transducer formed by the light-sensitive surface on a television camera tube

  6. mosaic, arial mosaic, photomosaic(adj)

    arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture

  7. Mosaic(adj)

    of or relating to Moses or the laws and writings attributed to him

    "Mosaic Law"


  1. mosaic(Noun)

    A piece of artwork created by placing colored squares (usually tiles) in a pattern so as to create a picture.

  2. mosaic(Noun)

    An individual composed of two or more cell lines of different genetic or chromosomal constitution, but from the same zygote.

  3. mosaic(Noun)

    A viral disease of plants.

  4. mosaic(Noun)

    A composite picture made from overlapping photographs.

  5. mosaic(Adjective)

    Containing cells with of varying genetic constitution.

  6. Mosaic(Adjective)

    Of or relating to Moses or to the Torah (the Five Books of Moses); especially, relating to the laws given in the Torah.

  7. Origin: From mosaïque, moysaique. English from the 17th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mosaic(noun)

    a surface decoration made by inlaying in patterns small pieces of variously colored glass, stone, or other material; -- called also mosaic work

  2. Mosaic(noun)

    a picture or design made in mosaic; an article decorated in mosaic

  3. Mosaic(adj)

    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

  4. Mosaic(adj)

    of or pertaining to Moses, the leader of the Israelites, or established through his agency; as, the Mosaic law, rites, or institutions


  1. Mosaic

    Mosaic is the art of creating images with an assemblage of small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials. It may be a technique of decorative art, an aspect of interior decoration, or of cultural and spiritual significance as in a cathedral. Small pieces, mostly roughly square, of stone or glass of different colors, known as tesserae, are used to create a pattern or picture.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. mosaic

    An assembly of overlapping photographs that have been matched to form a continuous photographic representation of a portion of the surface of the Earth. See also controlled mosaic; semi-controlled mosaic.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'MOSAIC' in Nouns Frequency: #2688

Translations for MOSAIC

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(the art of making) a design formed by fitting together small pieces of coloured marble, glass etc.

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