from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of weaving or assembling parts into a whole.
  • n. An arrangement of interconnected parts; a structure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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).


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  • 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.

    Carbonara Spaghetti

  • 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.

    Representative Men

  • 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:

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • 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.

    The Meditations

  • 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.

    The Meditations

  • 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.

    The Advancement of Learning


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  • I soon got into all his personal history: he related on what occasions he had left an eye at Naples, an arm in Lombardy, and a leg in the Low Countries. The most admirable circumstance in all his narratives of battles and sieges, was, that not a single feature of the swaggerer peeped out; not a word escaped him to his own honour and glory; though one could readily have forgiven him for making some little display of the half which was still extant of himself, as a set-off against the dilapidations which had deducted so largely from the usual contexture of a man. Officers who return from their campaigns without a scratch upon their skin or a love-lock out of place, are not always so humble in their pretensions.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 7 ch. 12

    October 2, 2008