study of tiles


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Further down, the church aimed itself at the sky, its rooftop a study of collaborated tiles.
(The Book Thief by Markus Zusak)

Hi all. Could you tell me what "a study of collaborated tiles" means? I looked up on my dictionary and the only possible definition for "study" in this expression I could found was,
[countable] a small detailed drawing, especially one that is done to prepare for a large painting
(Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English)

But this doesn't really make sense here, I think. Could you help me?

Thanks for your help.


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