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noun \ˈtekst\

Simple Definition of text

  • : the original words of a piece of writing or a speech

  • : the words that make up the main part of a book, magazine, newspaper, Web site, etc.

  • : a book or other piece of writing; especially : one that is studied

Full Definition of text

  1. 1a (1) :  the original words and form of a written or printed work (2) :  an edited or emended copy of an original workb :  a work containing such text

  2. 2a :  the main body of printed or written matter on a pageb :  the principal part of a book exclusive of front and back matterc :  the printed score of a musical composition

  3. 3a (1) :  a verse or passage of Scripture chosen especially for the subject of a sermon or for authoritative support (as for a doctrine) (2) :  a passage from an authoritative source providing an introduction or basis (as for a speech)b :  a source of information or authority

  4. 4 :  theme, topic

  5. 5a :  the words of something (as a poem) set to musicb :  matter chiefly in the form of words or symbols that is treated as data for processing by computerized equipment <text-editing software>

  6. 6 :  a type suitable for printing running text

  7. 7 :  textbook

  8. 8a :  something (as a story or movie) considered as an object to be examined, explicated, or deconstructedb :  something likened to a text <the surfaces of daily life are texts to be explicated — Michiko Kakutani>

  9. 9 :  frame of reference 2 <updated to fit the women's lib text for consciousness raising — Judith Crist>

  10. 10 :  text message <sent a text with the details>

Examples of text

  1. A good critic will refer back to the text often.

  2. You can find the full text of his speech on his Web site.

  3. the text of the Constitution

  4. The book is mostly photographs—it has very little text.

  5. At this point the Web site is only text. Graphics will be added later.

  6. Students will read and discuss various literary texts.

Origin of text

Middle English, from Anglo-French tiste, texte, from Medieval Latin textus, from Latin, texture, context, from texere to weave — more at technical

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with text




Simple Definition of text

  • : to send someone a text message

Full Definition of text

  • transitive verb
    1. :  to send a text message from one cell phone to another

    2. intransitive verb
    3. :  to communicate by text messaging

    text·er noun

    Examples of text

    1. I texted her a little while ago.

    2. I texted a message to her.

    3. She just texted me back.


    First Known Use of text


    TEXT Defined for Kids



    noun \ˈtekst\

    Definition of text

    1. 1 :  the actual words of an author's work

    2. 2 :  the main body of printed or written matter on a page

    3. 3 :  textbook

    4. 4 :  a Bible passage that is the subject of a sermon

    5. 5 :  text message




    Definition of text


    1. 1 :  to send (someone) a text message

    2. 2 :  to communicate by text messaging

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