(Tes"sel*late) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tessellated ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tessellating.] [L. tessellatus
tessellated. See Tessellar.] To form into squares or checkers; to lay with checkered work.
The floors are sometimes of wood, tessellated after the fashion of France.Macaulay.
(Tes"sel*late) a. [L. tesselatus.] Tessellated.
1. Formed of little squares, as mosaic work; checkered; as, a tessellated pavement.
2. (Bot. & Zoöl.) Marked like a checkerboard; as, a tessellated leaf.
(Tes`sel*la"tion) n. The act of tessellating; also, the mosaic work so formed. J. Forsyth.
(||Tes"se*ra) n.; pl. Tesseræ [L., a square piece, a die. See Tessellar.] A small piece of marble,
glass, earthenware, or the like, having a square, or nearly square, face, used by the ancients for mosaic,
as for making pavements, for ornamenting walls, and like purposes; also, a similar piece of ivory, bone,
wood, etc., used as a ticket of admission to theaters, or as a certificate for successful gladiators, and as
a token for various other purposes. Fairholt.
(Tes`se*ra"ic) a. Diversified by squares; done in mosaic; tessellated. [Obs.] Sir R. Atkyns
1. Of, pertaining to, or containing, tesseræ.
2. (Crystallog.) Isometric.
(Tes"su*lar) a. (Crystallog.) Tesseral.