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


textured; texturing

Definition of texture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give a particular texture to

Other Words from texture


textural \ ˈteks-​chə-​rəl How to pronounce texture (audio) \ adjective
texturally \ ˈteks-​chə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce texture (audio) \ adverb
textured \ ˈteks-​chərd How to pronounce texture (audio) \ adjective
textureless \ ˈteks-​chər-​ləs How to pronounce texture (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 The unique swirls and patterns formed from tree growth add some organic, lovely texture to everything from small tabletop accessories to larger, elegant pieces, like this chic and simple desk from CB2. Sunset Magazine, 5 Jan. 2022 Similar to its red cousin, green hypericum berries are long-lasting and add texture to your bouquet. Natalie Dayton, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Dec. 2021 In some cases, though, the FDS channels were used to add extra texture and complexity to the music. Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, 9 Dec. 2021 Blankets are essential to see me through the winter – again, to add texture to rooms or simply to curl up with on the sofa. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 Instead, the devs rely on surface imagery to add texture to its environment. Emma Flint, Wired, 2 Dec. 2021 Allow the shape to air dry, which will add more texture to the finished product, or use an iron, folding the cloth on top of the paper forms as not to iron directly on top of the wet paper. Aliya Hall | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 26 Nov. 2021 The mushrooms and corn add texture to a dish that otherwise relies on squishy cheese for bite. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Nov. 2021 Oversize rattan pendant lights by Jeffan add complementary texture to the sleek custom cabinets in a pale blue hue finish. Blake Miller, House Beautiful, 7 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some autistic people can’t tolerate face masks because of sensitivity to touch and texture. Washington Post, 28 July 2021 The board offered input on when Addy’s story should be set, how best to convey a sense of the lived experience of slavery, what texture to make the doll’s hair and other details used to maintain historical accuracy. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2021 The stainless steel blades are designed to pulverize through stems, skins, and seeds to give you a smooth, even texture every time. Sam Lauron, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Apr. 2021 Gellman also recommends roasting, which brings out the natural sweetness in many vegetables, mellows bitterness in others, and adds a depth of flavor and texture most people enjoy. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2021 That blistering frame rate comes at a cost of serious detail, from geometrical detail to ambient occlusion, from shadow resolution to texture pop-in, and from missing weather effects to missing crowds of people. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 15 Oct. 2020 Other conditions that could make wearing a mask difficult could include people who have post-traumatic stress disorder, severe anxiety or claustrophobia, or someone with autism who is sensitive to touch and texture. Dallas News, 5 July 2020 Brew barrista-level lattes and cappuccinos with this compact machine, which has an easy-to-use interface that walks you through the preparation and a milk frother that can texture the milk to her exact specifications. CNN Underscored, 3 Dec. 2019 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, 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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“Texture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/texture. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce texture (audio) \

Kids Definition of texture

: the structure, feel, and appearance of something

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