American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of weaving or assembling parts into a whole.
- n. An arrangement of interconnected parts; a structure.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A weaving or joining, or the state of being woven or joined together.
- n. . The manner of interweaving several parts into one body; the disposition and union of the constituent parts of a thing with respect to one another; composition of parts; constitution; complication.
- n. Context.
- n. . In Scots law, a mode of industrial accession, arising when material, as wool or yarn, belonging to one person is woven into cloth belonging to another, and is carried therewith as accessory. In principle it is similar to constructure (which see).
- n. A weaving together of parts.
- n. A body or structure made by interweaving or assembling parts.
- n. The arrangement and union of the constituent parts of a thing.
- n. The structural character of a thing.
- n. Context
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The arrangement and union of the constituent parts of a thing; a weaving together of parts; structural character of a thing; system; constitution; texture.
“With what additional force must the practice and pursuit of the foregoing evils operate on female constitutions, whose frame and contexture are so delicate and tenderin this age, it is easier to meet with a mad, than an healthy woman of fashion.14”
“That understanding which is peculiar to man is the understanding not only his will, but his conceptions and thoughts, by the sequel and contexture of the names of things into affirmations, negations, and other forms of speech: and of this kind of understanding I shall speak hereafter.”
“Thsi means, that point where the pasta is not raw anymore but still has a nice hard contexture.”
“He is no permissive or accidental appearance, but an organic agent, one of the estates of the realm, provided and prepared from of old and from everlasting, in the knitting and contexture of things.”
“Or have you gone through that most ingenious contexture of truth and lies, of serious and extravagant, of knights-errant, magicians, and all that various matter which he announces in the beginning of his poem:”
“Others thought the thickness of the liquor to be the reason, which thickness keeps it from mixing with other humids, unless blended together and shaken violently; and therefore it will not mix with air, but keeps it off by its smoothness and close contexture, so that it hath no power to corrupt it.”
“The snow is melted by the wetness of the leaf, for water destroys it easily, passing through the thin contexture, it being nothing but a congeries of small bubbles; and therefore in very cold but moist places the snow melts as soon as in hot.”
“Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the thread and the contexture of the web.”
“Throw away thy books; no longer distract thyself: it is not allowed; but as if thou wast now dying, despise the flesh; it is blood and bones and a network, a contexture of nerves, veins, and arteries.”
“Registers are collections of public acts, as decrees of council, judicial proceedings, declarations and letters of estate, orations, and the like, without a perfect continuance or contexture of the thread of the narration.”
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