1. the visual and especially tactile quality of a surface: rough texture.
  2. the characteristic structure of the interwoven or intertwined threads, strands, or the like, that make up a textile fabric: coarse texture.
  3. the characteristic physical structure given to a material, an object, etc., by the size, shape, arrangement, and proportions of its parts: soil of a sandy texture; a cake with a heavy texture.
  4. an essential or characteristic quality; essence.
  5. Fine Arts.
    1. the characteristic visual and tactile quality of the surface of a work of art resulting from the way in which the materials are used.
    2. the imitation of the tactile quality of represented objects.
  6. the quality given, as to a musical or literary work, by the combination or interrelation of parts or elements.
  7. a rough or grainy surface quality.
  8. anything produced by weaving; woven fabric.

verb (used with object), tex·tured, tex·tur·ing.

  1. to give texture or a particular texture to.
  2. to make by or as if by weaving.


  1. the surface of a material, esp as perceived by the sense of toucha wall with a rough texture
  2. the structure, appearance, and feel of a woven fabric
  3. the general structure and disposition of the constituent parts of somethingthe texture of a cake
  4. the distinctive character or quality of somethingthe texture of life in America
  5. the nature of a surface other than smoothwoollen cloth has plenty of texture
  6. art the representation of the nature of a surfacethe painter caught the grainy texture of the sand
    1. music considered as the interrelationship between the horizontally presented aspects of melody and rhythm and the vertically represented aspect of harmonya contrapuntal texture
    2. the nature and quality of the instrumentation of a passage, piece, etc


  1. (tr) to give a distinctive usually rough or grainy texture to

n.early 15c., “network, structure,” from Middle French texture, from Latin textura “web, texture, structure,” from stem of texere “to weave,” from PIE root *tek- “to weave, to fabricate, to make; make wicker or wattle framework” (cf. Sanskrit taksati “he fashions, constructs,” taksan “carpenter;” Avestan taša “ax, hatchet,” thwaxš- “be busy;” Old Persian taxš- “be active;” Greek tekton “carpenter,” tekhne “art;” Old Church Slavonic tesla “ax, hatchet;” Lithuanian tasau “to carve;” Old Irish tal “cooper’s ax;” Old High German dahs, German Dachs “badger,” literally “builder;” Hittite taksh- “to join, unite, build”). Meaning “structural character” is recorded from 1650s. n.

  1. The composition or structure of a tissue or organ.

  1. The general physical appearance of a rock, especially with respect to the size, shape, size variability, and geometric arrangement of its mineral crystals (for igneous and metamorphic rocks) and of its constituent elements (for sedimentary rocks). A sandstone that forms as part of an eolian (wind-blown) deposit, for example, has a texture that reflects its small, rounded sand grains of uniform size, while a sandstone that formed as part of a fluvial deposit has a texture reflecting the presence of grains of varying sizes, with some more rounded than others.

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