Definition of texture
1a : the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something the texture of an oil paintingb : 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 Berrymanb : a pattern of musical sound created by tones or lines played or sung together
4a : something composed of closely interwoven elements; specifically : a woven clothb : the structure formed by the threads of a fabric
5a : basic scheme or structureb : overall structure
texturalplay \-chə-rəl\ adjective
texturallyplay \-rə-lē\ adverb
texturedplay \-chərd\ adjective
texturelessplay \-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.
Recent Examples of texture from the Web
Winsome Echo Park, $$ Angelenos love eating small, grain-heavy seasonal dishes with jolts of texture and acid, and Winsome has this as-yet-unnamed genre under control.
Healthy toppings like granola, more fruit, and coconut flakes add flavor, texture, and substance.
The extensions are made from real hair and come in dozens of colors, shades and textures.
No one was asking what is red velvet, but more so just comparing the softer texture to that of velvet due to the dye and butter recipe used at the time.
When these systems go awry, prolonged and excessive pain is common, as are changes in the texture of the skin and increased sensitivity in the affected area.
The coating is flaky and crisp, but the texture of the meat substitute is chewy and thick for those used to chicken wings with, well, real chicken.
Mercury glass pendant lights create a cracked texture with browns and golds, which twinkle and reflect light around the kitchen.
All stand out due to Sainju's insistence on using the best ingredients, as well as his skill at combining and contrasting flavors and textures.
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Definition of texture
: to give a particular texture to
First Known Use of texture
TEXTURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of texture for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of texture for Students
: the structure, feel, and appearance of something
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