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

Patrons at the Kansas City Zoo now have the chance to dip their hands into a shallow pool and discover the unique texture and movement of stingrays. The Kansas City Zoo, kansascity, "New Stingray Bay Touch Tank Exhibit Now Open at KC Zoo (Sponsored)," 27 June 2018 While adequately describing the infinite textures of any individual’s life is an impossible task, Lynch’s life might present a particular challenge because so many other people’s lives have been devoted to making his possible. Charlotte Shane, The New Republic, "Living in David Lynch’s Art Life," 26 June 2018 Freeze for one hour or until mixture reaches the texture of sorbet. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "Papa Johns' nephew makes a name for himself on Louisville food scene," 26 June 2018 The entirety of my huge forehead is covered in little bumps the texture of the moon. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "My Acne-Picking Habit Has Changed Me in Unexpected Ways," 25 June 2018 In my experience, refrigeration changes the texture of the garlic for the worse. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Store Pretty Much Any Kind of Produce," 25 June 2018 The texture of raw tuna pivots around a delicate, springy network of proteins and water, and prolonged contact with salt or sugar in a marinade causes that water to weep as the protein web warps. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 The Ordinary Niacinamide $5.9, The Ordinary Niacinamide is a vitamin B3 derivative which improves the general texture and clarity of skin. Jasmine Sanders, The Cut, "How to Look Perfect in the Summer," 21 June 2018 Tofu that has been frozen also gets a little closer to the texture of meat, with a spongier, chewier consistency. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "How to start teaching your kids to cook: an age-appropriate guide," 12 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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