What does mosaic mean?

Definitions for mosaic
moʊˈzeɪ ɪkmo·sa·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mosaicnoun

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

  2. mosaicnoun

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

  3. Mosaicnoun

    a freeware browser

  4. mosaicnoun

    a pattern resembling a mosaic

  5. mosaicnoun

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

  6. mosaic, arial mosaic, photomosaicadjective

    arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture

  7. Mosaicadjective

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

    "Mosaic Law"


  1. Mosaicnoun

    Something resembling a mosaic; something made up of different pieces, fitted together by design to form a unified composition.


  1. mosaicnoun

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

  2. mosaicnoun

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

  3. mosaicnoun

    A viral disease of plants.

  4. mosaicnoun

    A composite picture made from overlapping photographs.

  5. mosaicadjective

    Containing cells with of varying genetic constitution.

  6. Mosaicadjective

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

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


  1. Mosaic

    A mosaic is a pattern or image made of small regular or irregular pieces of colored stone, glass or ceramic, held in place by plaster/mortar, and covering a surface. Mosaics are often used as floor and wall decoration, and were particularly popular in the Ancient Roman world. Mosaic today includes not just murals and pavements, but also artwork, hobby crafts, and industrial and construction forms. Mosaics have a long history, starting in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC. Pebble mosaics were made in Tiryns in Mycenean Greece; mosaics with patterns and pictures became widespread in classical times, both in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Early Christian basilicas from the 4th century onwards were decorated with wall and ceiling mosaics. Mosaic art flourished in the Byzantine Empire from the 6th to the 15th centuries; that tradition was adopted by the Norman Kingdom of Sicily in the 12th century, by the eastern-influenced Republic of Venice, and among the Rus. Mosaic fell out of fashion in the Renaissance, though artists like Raphael continued to practice the old technique. Roman and Byzantine influence led Jewish artists to decorate 5th and 6th century synagogues in the Middle East with floor mosaics. Figurative mosaic, but mostly without human figures, was widely used on religious buildings and palaces in early Islamic art, including Islam's first great religious building, the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem, and the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. Such mosaics went out of fashion in the Islamic world after the 8th century, except for geometrical patterns in techniques such as zellij, which remain popular in many areas. Modern mosaics are made by artists and craftspeople around the world. Many materials other than traditional stone, ceramic tesserae, enameled and stained glass may be employed, including shells, beads, charms, chains, gears, coins, and pieces of costume jewelry.


  1. mosaic

    A mosaic is a piece of artwork or decoration created by arranging small pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials into a pattern or image. These are typically used for decorative purposes on walls, floors, ceilings, or other surfaces. The term can also refer to this art form in general. In a broader sense, "mosaic" can be used metaphorically to refer to any system that is made up of diverse or complex elements that are connected to create a larger whole.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mosaicnoun

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

  2. Mosaicnoun

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

  3. Mosaicadjective

    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. Mosaicadjective

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

  5. Etymology: [From Moses.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mosaic

    mö-zā′ik, n. 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. relating to, or composed of, mosaic.—adv. Mosā′ically.—n. Mosā′icist.—Mosaic gold, an alloy of copper and zinc—also Ormolu. [Fr.,—L. musæum or musivum (opus), mosaic (work)—Gr. mouseiosMousa, a muse.]

  2. Mosaic

    mō-zā′ik, adj. pertaining to Moses, the great Jewish lawgiver.—n. Mō′saism.—Mosaic Law, the law of the Jews given by Moses at Mount Sinai.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mosaic in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mosaic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of mosaic in a Sentence

  1. Amir Gorzalczany:

    The quality of the images portrayed in the mosaic indicates a highly developed artistic ability.

  2. Daniel Ives:

    It's not quantitative, but it gives you anecdotal data points that become part of the mosaic of your thesis about whether to be bullish or bearish on trends, names and products.

  3. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan:

    Turkey will not accept any notion that denies Israel's right to exist. Everyone should unconditionally accept that Israel is an indispensable element of the Middle Eastern mosaic.

  4. Mohannad Aama:

    The retail sales that we are seeing today is backward. I would put less weight on backward-looking data and I would put more weight on management's discussion of guidance in the future, and that doesn't look good, investors are starting to build a mosaic of information suggesting that the consumer is not doing as well as you would expect.

  5. Steve G. Steinberg:

    Mosaic is the 1990's equivalent of forcing friends to sit through slides of your trip to Florida - painful for everyone but the host.

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