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

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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 brisket boudin gives a smoky, beefy flavor and varying texture in each bite. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "50 dishes to tell the stories of 2020 and try in 2021 (yes, there’s lots of takeout)," 28 Dec. 2020 Your dishes will still be packed with so much flavor and texture, your guests won’t even miss the meat. Kelsey Ogletree, Better Homes & Gardens, "4 Chef-Tested Tips for a Delicious Plant-Based Christmas Menu," 15 Dec. 2020 Plus, their chewy fruitiness adds another dimension of flavor and texture. New York Times, "How to Make the Perfect Cookie Box," 30 Nov. 2020 Created in San Sebastian Spain, Basque cheesecake is famous for its rustic good looks, deep sweet-savory flavor, and creamy texture. Sunset Magazine, "How to Make This Insanely Creamy—and Easy—Cheesecake," 23 Nov. 2020 Looking for that fresh-out-of-the-oven flavor and texture? Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How To Reheat Turkey," 6 Nov. 2020 The first is sweet, nutty and dense, a classic pumpkin flavor and texture; the second is stringy and a little bland; and the third is fluffy and tastes like chestnut mixed with sweet potatoes. Washington Post, "Discover the nutty goodness of kabocha squash with this stellar sauce," 25 Oct. 2020 Biga, the Italian word for a pre-ferment used to enhance the flavor and texture of dough, opened two months ago in the former Autentica space. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Pizzicato owners come ‘full circle’ with Biga, an artisanal pizzeria 30 years in the making," 16 Oct. 2020 This time, the eggs are scrambled, which makes a vital difference in both flavor and texture. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Flatbreads let your creativity flow," 6 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Xbox Series X unleashed: Our unrestricted preview," 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, "Masks are now required in Texas. What if you can’t wear one because of a medical condition?," 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, "The best gifts for every woman in your life," 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, "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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16 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Texture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/texture. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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