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

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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