texture

noun
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

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 How to pronounce textural (audio) \ adjective
texturally \ ˈteks-​chə-​rə-​lē How to pronounce texturally (audio) \ adverb
textured \ ˈteks-​chərd How to pronounce textured (audio) \ adjective
textureless \ ˈteks-​chər-​ləs How to pronounce textureless (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

Hale was blonde before this—dyeing your hair such a dramatic, deep shade can wreak havoc and feel a bit harsh on your texture. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Lucy Hale Has Brown Hair Again—This Time, With a Razor-Sharp Bob," 12 Mar. 2019 Rachel was so drawn to their incredibly soft texture, which was a result of all the time spent hanging on a line outside in the sun and wind. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Snowe’s New Linen Bedding is the Key to Sweet Dreams," 26 Feb. 2019 As with so many other foods, the magic of the bagel is its texture. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Textures That Delight and Disgust," 21 Feb. 2019 Jellied cranberry sauce goes through much the same process, but it is heavily strained, removing elements of nature — skin, seeds — that would impede its perfect, silken texture. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Canned cranberry sauce, explained," 21 Nov. 2018 The glitter showed up as tiny sparkles in my hair, and my hair texture remained relatively the same, despite the product's consistency, which is similar to hair spray. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "I Tested Bumble and Bumble’s Glimmer Finishing Spray," 9 Nov. 2018 Its delicate texture and gentle flavor were an instant hit with chefs. Ruth Reichl, Town & Country, "Meet Cesare Casella, the Tuscan Chef Who's Known as the "Prosciutto Whisperer"," 21 Sep. 2018 The pineapple upside-down cake skirted into super-sweet territory, but its light texture impressed, as did the partnering coconut gelato. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "David Cordish's new restaurant a good bet 24/7 at Live Hotel," 12 July 2018 Its texture is thicker, with pieces of real fruit, and can be crunchy with, for example, strawberry seeds. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Jam, jelly … what's the difference?," 11 July 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 How to pronounce texture (audio) \

Kids Definition of texture

: the structure, feel, and appearance of something

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