mosaic

If you’ve ever seen a piece of artwork where the picture is comprised of little clay tiles, then you’ve seen a mosaic.

If you break a nice piece of china, or a stain glass window, you could save the broken pieces for future use in a mosaic. A mosaic is a style of art where a larger image is created by arranging bits of clay, glass, or other materials in a pattern. More broadly, you can use this word to describe anything that is made up of many different elements, such as “the diverse group represented a mosaic of different viewpoints.”

Primary Meanings of mosaic

1.
n
art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass
2.
n
transducer formed by the light-sensitive surface on a television camera tube
3.
n
viral disease in solanaceous plants (tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco) resulting in mottling and often shriveling of the leaves
Full Definitions of mosaic
1

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

Type of:
art, fine art
the products of human creativity; works of art collectively

n arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture

Synonyms:
arial mosaic, photomosaic
Type of:
exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material

n a pattern resembling a mosaic

Type of:
form, pattern, shape
a perceptual structure
2

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

Type of:
transducer
an electrical device that converts one form of energy into another
3

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

Types:
potato mosaic
a disease of the leaves of potato plants
tobacco mosaic
a plant disease causing discoloration of the leaves of tobacco plants
Type of:
plant disease
a disease that affects plants

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