from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A structure of interwoven fibers or other elements.
  • noun The distinctive physical composition or structure of something, especially with respect to the size, shape, and arrangement of its parts.
  • noun The appearance and feel of a surface.
  • noun A rough or grainy surface quality.
  • noun Distinctive or identifying quality or character.
  • noun The quality given to a piece of art, literature, or music by the interrelationship of its elements.
  • transitive verb To give texture to, especially to impart desirable surface characteristics to.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To give the appearance of a certain texture to. See the extract.
  • To form a texture of or with; interweave.
  • noun The art or process of weaving.
  • noun Anything produced by weaving; a woven or textile fabric of any sort; a web.
  • noun The peculiar or characteristic disposition of the threads, strands, or the like which make up a textile fabric: as, cloth of loose texture.
  • noun By extension, the peculiar disposition of the constituent parts of any body—its make, consistence, etc.; structure in general.
  • noun In biology, a tissue; the character or mode of formation of tissues.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To form a texture of or with; to interweave.
  • noun rare The act or art of weaving.
  • noun That which woven; a woven fabric; a web.
  • noun The disposition or connection of threads, filaments, or other slender bodies, interwoven.
  • noun 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
  • noun (Biol.) A tissue. See Tissue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun the feel of a surface or a fabric
  • noun the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)
  • noun the essential quality of something
  • noun the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality
  • noun 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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