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The museum preserved a beautiful mosaic floor.
  art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass

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anything comprised of many differing parts of equal importance, but varying appearance
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  • The museum preserved a beautiful mosaic floor.
  • peoples are assimilated into a cultural mosaic
  • We’d done macaroni mosaics the week before,
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • Someone had pushed back all the furniture in the library, clearing a large space in the middle of the room, just atop the mosaic of the Angel.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire

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  • Annie led Mae up the three flights ’of stairs, all of them tiled with intricate mosaics—reproductions, Mae assumed, of something from the Byzantine era.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • I had my own lake, three hundred rooms, frescoes of gold, mosaics done in pearls and diamonds—I could finally live like a human being!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • The centerpiece of the display is a sixteen-picture mosaic.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • But the hotel had guests: on the mosaic floor there were about twenty or thirty suitcases with identical blue tie-on labels printed Hazel’s Travels.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • Such an innocuous misunderstanding, she later observed to me, was actually a crucial piece in the finally assembled little mosaic which resolved itself as the portrait of her meeting with Nathan.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He realized just in time that a section of mosaic floor in front of him was an illusion covering a ten-foot-deep excavation pit.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus

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  • For days they’d been scrubbing the villa so that the mosaic floors shined like diamonds, so that every silver bowl and goblet gleamed.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
  • Standing back, looking up, I saw it wasn’t just the lobby; they had gutted the entire building, so you could see straight through to the courtyard in back; glazed mosaic on the facade still intact but the windows dusty and blank, nothing behind them.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I’m too amazed by my surroundings, the tan stone and glittering mosaic floor of this forgotten hall in the house of a king.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • I took them through the mosaic that was starting to come clear: the acrimonious contest over the divorce, Joanna’s sense of being discarded, her direct access to the victims through her contacts at Saks.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • It had parapets, a veranda with sparkly mosaics, and wide balconies with curved wrought-iron railings.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • To the untrained eye, it simply creates a beautiful mosaic of colored chromosomes.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Their eyes were so close together, she could see the pattern of gold and darker gold in his irises, like a mosaic opal.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Intricate mosaic tiles, handpicked by Baba in Isfahan, covered the floors of the four bathrooms.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  The Kite Runner
  • At intervals along the walls the tiles gave way to large mosaics—simple angular patterns in bright colors.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The courtyard was a mosaic of mother-of-pearl, and parts of the walls were inlaid with gold.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • Those mosaics are about two thousand years old.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Above his cot, the domed ceiling was decorated with a blue-and-white mosaic like a cloudy sky.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • I saw it as a perfect mosaic, each person playing his or her allotted part.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • He would add an enormous dome to the flat roof of a finished structure, or encrust a long vault with gold-leaf mosaic, or rip off a facade of limestone to replace it with marble.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Turning his back to the others, he walked toward the towering windows, searching for any inspiration in their stained-glass mosaics.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • A mosaic on the floor showed an exact map of the palace grounds and the surrounding ocean, but the mosaic moved.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • Snatches of sky peek through leaves, a mosaic in blue and green that shifts gently with the wind.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The walls were warm wood in some places, stone mosaics in others.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Here in Rosewood, Pennsylvania, a little suburb about twenty miles from Philadelphia, you were more likely to live in a twenty-five-room farmhouse with a mosaic-tiled pool and hot tub, like Spencer’s house, than in a prefab McMansion.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • When he chose to take a walk it was with a regular step in the entrance hall with its mosaic flooring, or in the circular gallery with its dome supported by twenty red porphyry Ionic columns, and illumined by blue painted windows.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • The marble floor was etched with fancy mosaics and Latin inscriptions.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Sneering up at them from the floor was the image of a skeleton-an intricately detailed, marble mosaic depicting "death in flight."
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Around the fountain ran a walk, paved with a mosaic of pebbles, laid in various fanciful patterns; and this, again, was surrounded by turf, smooth as green velvet, while a carriage-drive enclosed the whole.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Last was sound, for despite clumps of priests strolling along mosaic pathways and spacious grounds, the only noise Eragon could discern was the soft thump of a rook flying overhead.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Leaning his elbow on the corner of a valuable mosaic table, he no longer saw me, he had forgotten my very presence.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • Alyss shot two orb generators at the quartz and agate mosaic and-kerboosh!-it fractured apart.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • It would be an attractive space eventually, a luxury Upper East Side penthouse garden where you could relax on a lounge chair, with the East River glittering under the sunset, and the city stretched out before you, a mosaic of shimmering light.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • Nearby, a blond tourist wearing a blue blazer was reading a guidebook and studying the mosaic ceiling outside the House chamber.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • A formal square of brown sandstone blocks set down in a hayfield; a church with an Italian mosaic front; classrooms of varnished pine; and the great world of struggle and anger re-enacted in the rise and fall of fraternities.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • And at its foot, here and there, a mosaic of white bones, a still unrotted carcase dark on the tawny ground marked the place where deer or steer, puma or porcupine or coyote, or the greedy turkey buzzards drawn down by the whiff of carrion and fulminated as though by a poetic justice, had come too close to the destroying wires.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • In the clear embers I was tracing a view, not unlike a picture I remembered to have seen of the castle of Heidelberg, on the Rhine, when Mrs. Fairfax came in, breaking up by her entrance the fiery mosaic I had been piercing together, and scattering too some heavy unwelcome thoughts that were beginning to throng on my solitude.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She was a mosaic of her grandmother Rommely’s mysticism, her tale-telling, her great belief in everything and her compassion for the weak ones.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • They were magnificent buildings decorated with reliefs and mosaics, and usually comprising a great court and an inner sanctuary, with sometimes, as at Uruk, a ziggurat behind.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • This was a fountain, set round with a rim of old mossy stones, and paved, in its bed, with what appeared to be a sort of mosaic-work of variously colored pebbles.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • To birds of the more soaring kind Casterbridge must have appeared on this fine evening as a mosaic-work of subdued reds, browns, greys, and crystals, held together by a rectangular frame of deep green.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Yet conscious of the mosaic of colored stones mounted upon the wall opposite him, he also beheld, as if a glowing scrim draped over the mosaic, scenes of his life in Palancar Valley before momentous and bloody fate had intervened in his existence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Grayish in color, inlaid with turquoise mosaics, it blazed in the noontime sun.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Her face was a mosaic of seams and shadows.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The streets were dusty in summer, swamp-like in winter, and desolate all year round, and the scattered houses were hidden behind leafy gardens and had mosaic tile terraces instead of oldfashioned projecting balconies, as if they had been built for the purpose of discouraging furtive lovers.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I could make out ornate mosaic tile work on the walls that must have been beautiful when new, but was now a mess of grimy cracks that looked like a giant, dirty spiderweb.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
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