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.”

Definitions of mosaic
  1. noun
    art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass
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    type of:
    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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    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
  3. noun
    a pattern resembling a mosaic
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    type of:
    form, pattern, shape
    a perceptual structure
  4. noun
    transducer formed by the light-sensitive surface on a television camera tube
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    type of:
    transducer
    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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    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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