from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of the small squares of stone or glass used in making mosaic patterns.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small square piece of stone, wood, ivory or glass used for making a mosaic.
- n. complex-ridged surface feature seen on plateau highlands of Venus and perhaps on Triton
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In zoology, a small, squarish plate of bone such as those forming the carapace of armadillos and glyptodons.
- n. A small piece of hard material, generally square in plan, used in combination with others of similar character for making mosaics. Tesseræ are small in surface, and are thick in proportion, and therein differ from tiles, which are large and flat.
- n. A die for playing fames of chance.
- n. A small square of bone, wood, or the like used in ancient Rome as a ticket of admission to the theater, etc.
- n. Same as tessera hospitalis (which see, below).
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small square tile of stone or glass used in making mosaics
Maximus Taurinus says: "The tessera is a symbol and sign by which to distinguish between the Faithful and the Profane."
I just noticed your blog has a subtitle "Tessera are the small pieces that make up a mosaic" which first rang a bell and immediately afterwards set off my grammar nazi alarm bell, as I remembered that 'tessera' is a singular and the plural would be 'tesserae'.
The constant practice of the churches in former ages, in all their meetings for advice and counsel, to consent unto some form of wholesome words, that might be a discriminating "tessera" [symbol] of their communion in doctrine, being used in prime antiquity, -- as is manifest in that ancient symbol commonly esteemed apostolical (of the chief heads whereof mention in the like summary is made in the very first writers among them), -- having also warrant from the word of God, and being of singular use to hold out unto all other churches of the world our apprehensions of the mind of God in the chief heads of religion, may be considered.
This quaint term refers to the growth of crystals, which occurs by the buildup of unit blocks, or “tessera.”
Some Ultra groups are promising further trouble following the introduction of the tessera del tifoso – an ID card without which fans will not be allowed to attend away games.
Perhaps it was the absence of a real crowd – just 18,600 made it into the stadium as Ultras staged a protest against the tessera del tifoso outside – but the Giallorossi lacked energy and invention against a spirited but limited opponent.
Figure 2: Cipollino verde tessera of the mosaic floor of Frigidarium I
Inoltre, a suggellare il mio arrivo nel vero mondo lavorativo, ho una tessera magnetica con su la mia faccia, che devo sempre avere con me e passare vicino alla porta ogni volta che entro ed esco.
Each tessera in these borderlines was labelled with a number written directly on the paraloid skin and a corresponding one on the 1: 1 drawing.
Where two sections abut, a sacrifice border, one tessera (mosaic stone) wide, was established.