tex·​ture | \ˈteks-chər \

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


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


textural \ ˈteks-​chə-​rəl \ adjective
texturally \ ˈteks-​chə-​rə-​lē \ adverb
textured \ ˈteks-​chərd \ adjective
textureless \ ˈteks-​chər-​ləs \ adjective

Examples of texture in a Sentence


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

The director, Daniel Peddle, captures the culture of rural North Carolina through small observations of texture and atmosphere. Daniel Peddle, New York Times, "Review: ‘Moss’ Meanders Through a Southern Coming-of-Age," 5 July 2018 The resulting hot pots are prepared in the kitchen and arrive as riots of textures and flavors. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "All hail Hunanese dry hot pot at Sizzling Pot King," 5 July 2018 Despite the short prep time, this burger still has the range of textures that define a good burger, from a charred crispy exterior to a chewy-tender center. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "A Veggie Burger Recipe That Doesn't Have 15 Ingredients for Once," 20 June 2018 Lamb shanks are the turkey legs of Mediterranean cooking, bone-in showpieces of texture and technique. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: New Dominion restaurant Acú Bistro Bar aims high but misses a few," 7 June 2018 In large part, the tone and texture of the underground world of the rich and powerful is achieved through the film’s soundtrack, which was crafted by Tune-Yards. Max Cea, Billboard, "'Sorry to Bother You' Director Boots Riley on Working With Tune-Yards and Breaking the Rules of Soundtracks," 13 July 2018 Murad looked to 'Anna Karenina' for inspiration while Karl Lagerfeld experimented with texture. Rhonda Richford, The Hollywood Reporter, "Fendi Embraces Faux Over Fur in Paris Couture Show," 5 July 2018 One guy stirred a big pot of gray porridge with a texture like wallpaper paste and doled out portions for those who had the strength to eat. Katrine Jo Andersen, The New Republic, "Rejected by A.A.," 27 June 2018 No matter how much my more musically savvy friends tried to point out its greatness, Brahms’ famous choral work has always struck me as a torpid affair with orchestral textures as thick as molasses. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "These CDs will carry classical music lovers through the summer," 25 June 2018

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


1578, in the meaning defined at sense 4a


1694, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for texture


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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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


tex·​ture | \ˈteks-chər \

Kids Definition of texture

: the structure, feel, and appearance of something

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