Tessellation is a mosaic pattern, a design made of shapes fitted together. You could compliment your friend's newly tiled kitchen floor by saying, "What gorgeous tessellation!"

If you imagine a patchwork of tiles, or the patterns in a quilt, you're picturing one kind of tessellation. Another type is mathematical tessellation, which is closely related to the first kind — it's the geometric repetition of one shape over and over again. The Latin root word tessellatus describes something made of small stones or tiles.

Definitions of tessellation
  1. noun
    the careful juxtaposition of shapes in a pattern
    “a tessellation of hexagons”
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    type of:
    apposition, collocation, juxtaposition
    the act of positioning close together (or side by side)
  2. noun
    the act of adorning with mosaic
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    type of:
    the act of decorating something (in the hope of making it more attractive)
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