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 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


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

Lucas’s team brined Flash Gordon sleekness in the future-thinking-but-ubiquitous textures of the 1970s: concrete brutalism, post-Vietnam military surplus, sticky linoleum, S&M rubber. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 June 2019 The power of light has the ability to highlight the texture of the walkway and provide a welcoming feeling after dusk. Ap Mcclatchy, The Mercury News, "Angie’s List: How to improve your curb appeal," 3 June 2019 The best thing about synthetic wigs is that the texture almost has a memory foam-like property. Tiffany Bender, Allure, "How I Made Five Wigs Under $50 Look Like a Million Bucks," 21 May 2019 And then there was Duffy's ode to the exquisite intricacy and malleability of tightly-wound curls with the natural texture of models such as Selena Forrest and Janaye Furman, cast in stunning geometric shapes. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "At Louis Vuitton, Big Hair and Colorful Makeup Are an ’80s Beauty Fever Dream," 9 May 2019 Some recipes call for soaking the oats for 30 minutes prior to blending in order to make the texture a little thicker, but others skip this step. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "Is Oat Milk Healthy? Here's What You Need to Know, According to a Nutritionist," 11 Apr. 2019 That brings us to the result—finally, at long last, the beachy texture of my dreams. Glamour, "I Gave Up on Beach Waves Until I Tried This Brand-New Surf Cream," 10 Apr. 2019 As an alternative for those who don’t like the greasy texture of an ointment, Hu also recommends Curel Hydra Therapy Wet Skin Moisturizer for Dry and Extra-Dry Skin, $9. Talia Abbas, SELF, "11 Tips for How to Treat Eczema During the Winter," 7 Jan. 2019 The innovative formula is also 60 percent charged water, which not only gives the foundation its unique gellike texture but also injects moisture directly into your skin, leaving it more hydrated, supple, and dewy looking. Glamour, "This Is the Only Foundation That Completely Covers My Chronically Red Skin," 30 Apr. 2019

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 How to pronounce texture (audio) \

Kids Definition of texture

: the structure, feel, and appearance of something

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