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Definition of mosaic (Meaning of mosaic)
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Mosaic Mo*sa"ic, 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.
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	           A very beautiful mosaic pavement.        --Addison.
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	     {Florentine mosaic}. See under {Florentine}.
	
	     {Mosaic gold}.
	     (a) See {Ormolu}.
	     (b) Stannic sulphide, {SnS2}, obtained as a yellow scaly
	         crystalline powder, and used as a pigment in bronzing and
	         gilding wood and metal work. It was called by the
	         alchemists {aurum musivum}, or {aurum mosaicum}. Called
	         also {bronze powder}.
	
	     {Mosaic work}. See {Mosaic}, n.
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	  Mosaic Mo*sa"ic, n. [F. mosa["i]que; cf. Pr. mozaic, musec,
	     Sp. & Pg. mosaico, It. mosaico, musaico, LGr. ?, ?, L.
	     musivum; all fr. Gr. ? belonging to the Muses. See {Muse} the
	     goddess.]
	     1. (Fine Arts) A surface decoration made by inlaying in
	        patterns small pieces of variously colored glass, stone,
	        or other material; -- called also {mosaic work}.
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	     2. A picture or design made in mosaic; an article decorated
	        in mosaic.
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	     3. Something resembling a mosaic[1]; something made up of
	        different pieces, fitted together by design to form a
	        unified composition.
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	     {aerial mosaic} An aerial photograph of a large area, made by
	        carefully fitting together aerial photographs of smaller
	        areas so that the edges match in location, and the whole
	        provides a continuous image of the larger area. Called
	        also
	
	     {mosaic map} and {photomosaic}.
	
	     {mosaic virus} A type of plant virus that causes green and
	        yellow mottling of leaves of a plant. A much-studied type
	        is the {tobacco mosaic virus}, affecting the tobacco
	        plant.
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	  Mosaic Mo*sa"ic, prop. a. [From Moses.]
	     Of or pertaining to Moses, the leader of the Israelites, or
	     established through his agency; as, the Mosaic law, rites, or
	     institutions.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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