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.
  • 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.
  • To form a texture of or with; interweave.

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


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin textūra, from textus, past participle of texere, to weave; see text.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French texture, borrowed from Latin textura ("a weaving, web, texture, structure"), from texere ("to weave"), past participle textus; see text. (Wiktionary)



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