noun tex·ture \ˈteks-chər\
: the way that something feels when you touch it
: the way that a food or drink feels in your mouth
: the various parts of a song, poem, movie, etc., and the way they fit together
a : something composed of closely interwoven elements; specifically : a woven cloth
b : the structure formed by the threads of a fabric
a : the disposition or manner of union of the particles of a body or substance
b : the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something <the texture of an oil painting>
a : a composite of the elements of prose or poetry <all these words…meet violently to form a texture impressive and exciting — John Berryman>
b : a pattern of musical sound created by tones or lines played or sung together
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Examples of TEXTURE
- wood with a rough texture
- the smooth texture of silk
- The plant's leaves are almost leathery in texture.
- foods with very different textures
- The custard should be smooth and creamy in texture.
- a song with layered textures
- I liked the raw, gritty texture of the film.
- The movies are similar in texture.
Origin of TEXTURE
past participle of texere
to weave — more at technical
First Known Use: 1578
: to give a particular texture to
First Known Use of TEXTURE
: the structure, feel, and appearance of something