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text

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noun \ ˈtekst \

Definition of text

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 :theme, topic
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
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 2
  • updated to fit the women's lib text for consciousness raising
  • —Judith Crist
10 :text message
  • sent a text with the details

Examples of text in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of text

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


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text

verb

Definition of text

texted play \ˈtek-stəd, nonstandard tekst\; texting
transitive verb
:to send a text message from one cell phone to another
intransitive verb
:to communicate by text messaging

texter

noun

Examples of text in a Sentence

  1. I texted her a little while ago.

  2. I texted a message to her.

  3. She just texted me back.

Recent Examples of text from the Web

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First Known Use of text

1998



TEXT Defined for English Language Learners

text

play
noun

Definition of text for English Language Learners

  • : 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


text

verb

Definition of text for English Language Learners

  • : to send someone a text message


TEXT Defined for Kids

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text

noun \ ˈtekst \

Definition of text for Students

1 :the actual words of an author's work
2 :the main body of printed or written matter on a page
4 :a Bible passage that is the subject of a sermon

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text

verb

Definition of text for Students

texted; texting
1 :to send (someone) a text message
2 :to communicate by text messaging


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