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

  • n. A structure of interwoven fibers or other elements.
  • n. The distinctive physical composition or structure of something, especially with respect to the size, shape, and arrangment of its parts: the texture of sandy soil; the texture of cooked fish.
  • n. The appearance and feel of a surface: the smooth texture of soap.
  • n. A rough or grainy surface quality: Brick walls give a room texture.
  • n. Distinctive or identifying quality or character: "an intensely meditative poet [who] conveys the religious and cultural texture of time spent in a Benedictine monastery” ( New York Times).
  • n. The quality given to a piece of art, literature, or music by the interrelationship of its elements: "The baroque influence in his music is clear here, with the harmonic complexity and texture” ( Rachelle Roe).
  • transitive v. To give texture to, especially to impart desirable surface characteristics to: texture a printing plate by lining and stippling it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The feel or shape of a surface or substance; the smoothness, roughness, softness, etc. of something.
  • n. The quality given to a work of art by the composition and interaction of its parts.
  • n. An image applied to a polygon to create the appearance of a surface,
  • v. to create or apply a texture

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or art of weaving.
  • n. That which woven; a woven fabric; a web.
  • n. The disposition or connection of threads, filaments, or other slender bodies, interwoven.
  • n. The disposition of the several parts of any body in connection with each other, or the manner in which the constituent parts are united; structure
  • n. A tissue. See Tissue.
  • transitive v. To form a texture of or with; to interweave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give the appearance of a certain texture to. See the extract.
  • To form a texture of or with; interweave.
  • n. The art or process of weaving.
  • n. Anything produced by weaving; a woven or textile fabric of any sort; a web.
  • n. The peculiar or characteristic disposition of the threads, strands, or the like which make up a textile fabric: as, cloth of loose texture.
  • n. By extension, the peculiar disposition of the constituent parts of any body—its make, consistence, etc.; structure in general.
  • n. In biology, a tissue; the character or mode of formation of tissues.
  • n. In the fine arts, the surface quality of animate or inanimate objects, natural or artificial, which expresses to the eye the disposition and arrangement of their component tissues.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the feel of a surface or a fabric
  • n. the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)
  • n. the essential quality of something
  • n. the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality
  • n. the musical pattern created by parts being played or sung together


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

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin textūra, from textus, past participle of texere, to weave; see text.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French texture, borrowed from Latin textura ("a weaving, web, texture, structure"), from texere ("to weave"), past participle textus; see text.



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