texture

noun
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

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

Then, the designers say there should be texture to create a strong visual statement. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Hotel Room Was Designed To Look Good On Instagram," 8 Nov. 2018 The result will be a texture that’s a bit firm and the flavor will be full-on rapini. Jim Shahin, charlotteobserver, "Go for grateness: 6 simple rules for grilling productively," 12 June 2018 The fifth sense isn’t just texture—it’s pressure and temperature, too. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Give the Robots Electronic Tongues," 24 May 2018 The laminated windshield adds to cabin calmness, but there is some road texture and noise at highway speeds from the 18-inch Bridgestone Ecopia low-rolling-resistance tires. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Lexus RX 350L: The 3-row prescription for family travel," 6 Apr. 2018 The asparagus will be a firm nutty texture that's delicious. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "Get vegetables in your breakfast with these recipes," 4 Apr. 2018 Keep your chair design similar and mix up the color and textures (or vice versa) and stick to switching up just the two end chairs. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Bobby Berk Wants You To Mix And Match Your Dining Room Chairs—Here’s How," 10 Jan. 2019 Albanese pulled together an eclectic mix of vintage and custom furniture with layered textures and materials, imparting a sense of sophisticated youthfulness that is equally kid-appropriate and a playful backdrop for adults. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Vivacious Canadian Lake House With a Joyful Sense of Irreverence," 24 Dec. 2018 While there was an overwhelmingly positive response to texture, the scent was polarizing. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Hand Creams to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Hands ASAP," 6 Dec. 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

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 \

Kids Definition of texture

: the structure, feel, and appearance of something

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