Definitions for textureˈtɛks tʃər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tex•tureˈtɛks tʃər(n.; v.)-tured, -tur•ing.

  1. (n.)the characteristic physical structure given to a material, an object, etc., by the size, shape, and arrangement of its parts:

    soil of a sandy texture.

  2. the characteristic structure of the threads, fibers, etc., that make up a textile fabric:

    coarse texture.

    Category: Textiles

  3. essential or characteristic quality; essence.

  4. the visual and tactile quality of the surface of a work of art resulting from the way in which the materials are used.

    Category: Fine Arts

  5. the quality given, as to a musical work, by the combination or interrelation of parts or elements.

  6. a rough or grainy surface quality.

  7. anything produced by weaving; woven fabric.

    Category: Textiles

  8. (v.t.)to give texture or a particular texture to.

  9. to make by or as if by weaving.

Origin of texture:

1400–50; late ME < L textūra web =text(us), ptp. of texere to weave +-ūra -ure


Princeton's WordNet

  1. texture(noun)

    the feel of a surface or a fabric

    "the wall had a smooth texture"

  2. texture(noun)

    the essential quality of something

    "the texture of Neapolitan life"

  3. texture(noun)

    the musical pattern created by parts being played or sung together

    "then another melodic line is added to the texture"

  4. texture(noun)

    the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality

  5. texture, grain(noun)

    the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)

    "breadfruit has the same texture as bread"; "sand of a fine grain"; "fish with a delicate flavor and texture"; "a stone of coarse grain"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. texture(noun)ˈtɛks tʃər

    the way sth feels to touch

    I don't like the texture of octopus.; a rough/smooth texture


  1. texture(Noun)

    The feel or shape of a surface or substance; the smoothness, roughness, softness, etc. of something.

    The beans had a grainy, gritty texture in her mouth.

  2. texture(Noun)

    The quality given to a work of art by the composition and interaction of its parts.

    The piece of music had a mainly smooth texture.

  3. texture(Noun)

    An image applied to a polygon to create the appearance of a surface,

  4. texture(Verb)

    to create or apply a texture

    Drag the trowel through the plaster to texture the wall.

  5. Origin: From texture, from textura, from texere, past participle textus; see text.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Texture(noun)

    the act or art of weaving

  2. Texture(noun)

    that which woven; a woven fabric; a web

  3. Texture(noun)

    the disposition or connection of threads, filaments, or other slender bodies, interwoven; as, the texture of cloth or of a spider's web

  4. Texture(noun)

    the disposition of the several parts of any body in connection with each other, or the manner in which the constituent parts are united; structure; as, the texture of earthy substances or minerals; the texture of a plant or a bone; the texture of paper; a loose or compact texture

  5. Texture(noun)

    a tissue. See Tissue

  6. Texture(verb)

    to form a texture of or with; to interweave


  1. Texture

    In music, Texture is the way the melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic materials are combined in a composition, thus determining the overall quality of the sound in a piece. Texture is often described in regard to the density, or thickness, and range, or width between lowest and highest pitches, in relative terms as well as more specifically distinguished according to the number of voices, or parts, and the relationship between these voices. For example, a thick texture contains several different "layers" of instruments. One layer could be a string section, another a brass. This would be a reasonably light texture, with not too many layers. The thickness also is affected by the amount and the richness of the instruments playing the piece. The thickness varies from light to thick. A piece's texture may be affected by the number and character of parts playing at once, the timbre of the instruments or voices playing these parts and the harmony, tempo, and rhythms used. Some examples of these could be homophonic and monophonic. The types categorized by number and relationship of parts are analyzed and determined through the labeling of primary textural elements: primary melody, secondary melody, parallel supporting melody, static support, harmonic support, rhythmic support, and harmonic and rhythmic support.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'texture' in Nouns Frequency: #2703

Translations for texture

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the way something feels when touched, eaten etc

the texture of wood, stone, skin etc.

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