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Definition art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass

or more rarely:

anything comprised of many differing parts of equal importance, but varying appearance

Much more rarely, "Mosaic" can mean "related to Moses". A comprehensive dictionary will show numerous other more specialized meanings based upon the primary meaning.
  • The museum preserved a beautiful mosaic floor.
mosaic = art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored stone or glass
  • peoples are assimilated into a cultural mosaic
  • We'd done macaroni mosaics the week before,
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • mosaics = art consisting of a design made of small pieces of colored objects
  • Memory in these incomparable streets, in mosaics of pain andsweetness, was clear to me now, a unity at last.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • I saw it as a perfect mosaic, each person playing his or her allotted part.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • The juncture was otherwise empty, but on the floor was a mosaic of a three-headed dragon wrought in red and black tiles.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Alyss shot two orb generators at the quartz and agate mosaic and-kerboosh!
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Her face was a mosaic of seams and shadows.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • 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
  • The centerpiece of the display is a sixteen-picture mosaic.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • They had used a mosaic blur on the upper part of his face so that he couldn't sue them.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Yes, with Morris's words in mosaic letters ten feet high round the dome.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • "But I believe, all the same, that they've got some lovely things; why, they must have that famous mosaic table on which the Treaty of...."
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann's Way
  • 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 Hidden Oracle
  • The murder investigation was like a broken mosaic in which he could make out some pieces while others were simply missing.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The sun filtering through the acacia tree formed a changing mosaic of light on her face and on the rifle across her lap.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Off a little way, where a slanted gleam of the sun fell with a glare upon the mosaic of the floor, there was a statue which attracted their notice.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • 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
  • To the untrained eye, it simply creates a beautiful mosaic of colored chromosomes.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • The walls were warm wood in some places, stone mosaics in others.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn

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