from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The part of a text or statement that surrounds a particular word or passage and determines its meaning.
- n. The circumstances in which an event occurs; a setting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The surroundings, circumstances, environment, background or settings that determine, specify, or clarify the meaning of an event or other occurrence.
- n. The text in which a word or passage appears and which helps ascertain its meaning.
- n. The surroundings and environment in which an artifact is found and which may provide important clues about the artifact's function and/or cultural meaning.
- n. The trama or flesh of a mushroom.
- v. To knit or bind together; to unite closely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Knit or woven together; close; firm.
- n. The part or parts of something written or printed, as of Scripture, which precede or follow a text or quoted sentence, or are so intimately associated with it as to throw light upon its meaning.
- transitive v. To knit or bind together; to unite closely.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To knit together; connect.
- Knit or woven together; close; firm.
- n. Texture; specifically, the entire text or connected structure of a discourse or writing.
- n. . Less properly, the parts of a writing or discourse which precede or follow, and are directly connected with, some other part referred to or quoted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. discourse that surrounds a language unit and helps to determine its interpretation
- n. the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation or event
Middle English, composition, from Latin contextus, from past participle of contexere, to join together : com-, com- + texere, to weave; see teks- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin contextus. (Wiktionary)