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.”

Definitions of mosaic
  1. noun
    art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass
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    art, fine art
    the products of human creativity; works of art collectively
  2. noun
    arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture
    synonyms: arial mosaic, photomosaic
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    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
  3. noun
    a pattern resembling a mosaic
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    form, pattern, shape
    a perceptual structure
  4. noun
    transducer formed by the light-sensitive surface on a television camera tube
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    an electrical device that converts one form of energy into another
  5. noun
    viral disease in solanaceous plants (tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco) resulting in mottling and often shriveling of the leaves
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    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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