Definition of Mosaic

1. Noun. Art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass.

Generic synonyms: Art, Fine Art
Terms within: Tessera

2. Adjective. Of or relating to Moses or the laws and writings attributed to him. "Mosaic Law"
Partainyms: Moses

3. Noun. Viral disease in solanaceous plants (tomatoes, potatoes, tobacco) resulting in mottling and often shriveling of the leaves.
Generic synonyms: Plant Disease
Specialized synonyms: Potato Mosaic, Tobacco Mosaic

4. Noun. A freeware browser.
Generic synonyms: Browser, Web Browser

5. Noun. A pattern resembling a mosaic.
Generic synonyms: Form, Pattern, Shape

6. Noun. Transducer formed by the light-sensitive surface on a television camera tube.
Group relationships: Camera, Television Camera, Tv Camera
Generic synonyms: Transducer

7. Noun. Arrangement of aerial photographs forming a composite picture.
Exact synonyms: Arial Mosaic, Photomosaic
Generic synonyms: Exposure, Photo, Photograph, Pic, Picture

Definition of Mosaic

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

2. a. 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.

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

Definition of Mosaic

1. Adjective. Of or relating to Moses or to the Torah (the Five Books of Moses); ''especially'', relating to the laws given in the Torah. ¹

2. Noun. A piece of artwork created by placing colored squares (usually tiles) in a pattern so as to create a picture. ¹

3. Noun. (genetics) An individual composed of two or more cell lines of different genetic or chromosomal constitution, but from the same zygote. ¹

4. Noun. (botany) A viral disease of plants. ¹

5. Noun. A composite picture made from overlapping photographs. ¹

6. Adjective. (context: of an individual) Containing cells with of varying genetic constitution. ¹

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Definition of Mosaic

1. to form into a mosaic (a type of inlaid surface decoration) [v -ICKED, -ICKING, -ICS]

Medical Definition of Mosaic

1. Descriptive of an organism that consists of two or more genetically distinct cell lines. (14 Nov 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Mosaic

mosaic (current term)
mosaic culture
mosaic egg
mosaic fundus
mosaic gold
mosaic inheritance
mosaic pattern
mosaic viruses

Literary usage of Mosaic

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1. A Dictionary of Architecture and Building, Biographical, Historical, and by Russell Sturgis (1901)
"Specifically, the term "mosaic " is used to designate either figure pictures ... It is in this limited acceptation of the term that the art of mosaic will ..."

2. A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities by William Smith (1891)
"Of the history of mosaic little is known : the Romans certainly borrowed the idea ... In all probability, then, Greek mosaic was inspired from the East, ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1917)
"In no case have any signs of mosaic developed. It would thus appear that this ... The transplanted mosaic plant continued to grow and produce new leaves at ..."

4. An Inquiry Into the Scriptural Views of Slavery by Albert Barnes (1857)
"I have thus examined, at length, the nature and the p tical operation of the mosaic institutions in regard to se tude. But one point remains, to settle the ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1897)
"THE manufacture of mosaic gold (sublimed stannic sulfid) by the sublimation ... It is often possible to obtain the mosaic gold by subliming the precipitated ..."

6. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"His mosaic of the birth of the Virgin in S. Maria in Cosmedin, Rome, executed about the ... Since then many ¬°arge pictures have been copied in glass mosaic, ..."

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