text

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noun

1
a(1)
: the original words and form of a written or printed work
(2)
: an edited or emended copy of an original work
b
: a work containing such text
2
a
: the main body of printed or written matter on a page
b
: the principal part of a book exclusive of front and back matter
c
: the printed score of a musical composition
3
a(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
5
a
: the words of something (such as a poem) set to music
b
: matter chiefly in the form of words or symbols that is treated as data for processing by computerized equipment
text-editing software
6
: a type suitable for printing running text
7
8
a
: something (such as a story or movie) considered as an object to be examined, explicated, or deconstructed
b
: something likened to a text
the surfaces of daily life are texts to be explicated Michiko Kakutani
9
: frame of reference sense 2
updated to fit the women's lib text for consciousness raising Judith Crist
10
: text message
sent a text with the details

text

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verb

texted ˈtek-stəd How to pronounce text (audio)
 nonstandard  ˈtekst
; texting

transitive verb

: to send a text message from one cell phone to another

intransitive verb

: to communicate by text messaging
texter noun

Example Sentences

Noun A good critic will refer back to the text often. You can find the full text of his speech on his website. the text of the Constitution The book is mostly photographs—it has very little text. At this point the website is only text. Graphics will be added later. Students will read and discuss various literary texts. Verb I texted her a little while ago. I texted a message to her. She just texted me back. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Everything from pictures, to personal documents to photographs, and text messages, and and emails. Catherine Herridge, CBS News, 21 Nov. 2022 Petersen didn't return text messages seeking comment. The Arizona Republic, 21 Nov. 2022 Her demise is as predictable and ugly as Lully’s gangrene, and Field understandably wants to only glance at it—the conspiring text messages, the deceitful social-media video, the ferocious protesters. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 19 Nov. 2022 Among the findings are text messages from Baldwin's phone, which was turned over to investigators in January after a search warrant for the device was issued. ABC News, 18 Nov. 2022 Montgomerie was highly involved in the coordination of the effort to fly migrants to Massachusetts, often communicating directly with DeSantis’ public safety czar, Larry Keefe, according to text messages previously obtained by the Globe. Mike Damiano, BostonGlobe.com, 18 Nov. 2022 Baldwin and his attorney cited text messages, FBI analysis and other parts of the investigation to demonstrate that the crew members and supplier were negligent in their use of the weapons and ammunition and put the actor at risk. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 In a series of text messages to Reuters, Bankman-Fried denied funds had been furtively funneled from one company to the other. Brian Cheung, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2022 And yet, parents of Ferndale students complained that the official notices on various electronic platforms, news reports, text messages, calls and rumors and speculation, was, at times, confusing and frustrating. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 17 Nov. 2022
Verb
Residents may also text BHAMREADY to 888-777 for service updates. al, 19 Oct. 2022 People may also text HOME to 741741 to connect with one of the counselors Crisis Text Line has available 24/7. Nelly Ontiveros Cervantes, Orlando Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2022 Donors can also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Abigail Adams, Peoplemag, 28 Sep. 2022 Interested candidates may also text INDOT Careers to 468311 to receive additional job postings. Staff Report, Chicago Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 Those interested in private appointments can text Kean for an appointment time at 440-823-7406. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 5 Sep. 2022 Starting July 20, people can text the South Side Chicago native at 312-847-4044. Fortune, 20 July 2022 At the crisis line where Turner works, parents can also text to ask for help and seek guidance from the center’s resources. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune, 23 Aug. 2022 Today, businesses can text you when your car, table, hair appointment, doctor’s appointment, or bill is ready. Vu Hoang, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb

1998, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of text was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near text

Cite this Entry

“Text.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/text. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

text 1 of 2

noun

ˈtekst
1
: the original words of a work of literature
2
a
: the main body of printed or written matter on a page
b
: the main part of a book
3
a
: a passage from the Bible chosen for the subject of a sermon
b
: a subject on which one writes or speaks
4
: matter handled with a computer that is chiefly in the form of words
5
6

text

2 of 2

verb

1
: to send a text message from one cell phone to another
2
: to communicate by text messaging

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