texture

noun
tex·​ture | \ ˈteks-chər How to pronounce texture (audio) \

Definition of texture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something the texture of an oil painting
b : the disposition or manner of union of the particles of a body or substance
2a : 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
3a : essential part : substance
b : identifying quality : character
4a : something composed of closely interwoven elements specifically : a woven cloth
b : the structure formed by the threads of a fabric
5a : basic scheme or structure
b : overall structure

texture

verb
textured; texturing

Definition of texture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give a particular texture to

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Other Words from texture

Noun

textural \ ˈteks-​chə-​rəl How to pronounce textural (audio) \ adjective
texturally \ ˈteks-​chə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce texturally (audio) \ adverb
textured \ ˈteks-​chərd How to pronounce textured (audio) \ adjective
textureless \ ˈteks-​chər-​ləs How to pronounce textureless (audio) \ adjective

Examples of texture in a Sentence

Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

What’s missing is the varied texture one associates with a neighborhood, a sense of community beyond the zoning densities. John King, SFChronicle.com, "In Dublin, a transit village near BART offers convenience, not community," 18 July 2019 This includes a pair of video pieces and paintings that explore collage, color, randomness and texture. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: Jasmine Little etches the history of art into contemporary ceramics," 18 July 2019 The traditional won out, but mostly for its firmer, more traditional meatball texture. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "“Sette" it off: Stellar service, serious portions in the Ivanhood | Review," 17 July 2019 Crisp little shards of prosciutto add salt and texture. Anchorage Daily News, "Former ‘Top Chef’ contestant and James Beard-nominated chef takes over Muse restaurant. So: how’s the food?," 17 July 2019 New York Albany: The state has expanded laws against racial bias to include hairstyles and hair texture. USA TODAY, "Penal farm to produce farm, music under the sea: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 The eggs’ exterior and interior textures, as well as shell thickness, points to a kind of non-avian theropod, a large group that includes dinosaurs such as velociraptors and Tyrannosaurus. Jonathan Lambert, Scientific American, "Ancient Mongolian Nests Show Dinosaurs Protected Their Eggs," 16 July 2019 The growling low notes, pungent dissonances and swampy textures of Davis’ score all but conjure the stench that must have risen from these polluted waters. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Orbert Davis’ epic ‘The Chicago River’ returns on DVD and CD," 15 July 2019 The milky texture feels so soothing and nourishing, especially after spending a long day outside in the sun. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "I Swapped My Entire Skincare Routine for Kylie Skin to See If It's Really Worth the Hype," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Certainly there are artists that an album can texture a storytelling that is still gonna be important, but for the most part this is a liberation moment that artist can actually go into a studio tonight and tomorrow put it around the world. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: YouTube Music head Lyor Cohen on Recode Media," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of texture

Noun

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Verb

1694, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for texture

Noun

Latin textura, from textus, past participle of texere to weave — more at technical

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The first known use of texture was in 1578

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texture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of texture

: 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

texture

noun
tex·​ture | \ ˈteks-chər How to pronounce texture (audio) \

Kids Definition of texture

: the structure, feel, and appearance of something

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