What does texture mean?

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ˈtɛks tʃərtex·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. texturenoun

    the feel of a surface or a fabric

    "the wall had a smooth texture"

  2. texturenoun

    the essential quality of something

    "the texture of Neapolitan life"

  3. texturenoun

    the musical pattern created by parts being played or sung together

    "then another melodic line is added to the texture"

  4. texturenoun

    the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality

  5. texture, grainnoun

    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"


  1. texturenoun

    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.

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

  2. texturenoun

    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.

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

  3. texturenoun

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

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

  4. textureverb

    to create or apply a texture

    Drag the trowel through the plaster to texture the wall.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Texturenoun

    the act or art of weaving

  2. Texturenoun

    that which woven; a woven fabric; a web

  3. Texturenoun

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

  4. Texturenoun

    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. Texturenoun

    a tissue. See Tissue

  6. Textureverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Texture

    teks′tūr, n. anything woven, a web: manner of weaving or connecting: disposition of the parts of a body.—adj. Tex′tūral. [L. texturatexĕre.]

Editors Contribution

  1. texture

    The quality, feel or shape.

    The texture of the food was beautiful, we clearly had cooked it to perfection.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 24, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of texture in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of texture in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of texture in a Sentence

  1. The Blast:

    I hate the texture of your hair – can I touch?

  2. Hajime Kimura:

    This world has color, as you know, but I want to see this world simpler. I want to see texture beyond the color, and I want you to evoke your imagination.

  3. Sarah Yeats:

    Texture has become a lot more important to me.

  4. Peter Lind:

    It took about eight or 10 different tries we to make sure it was a similar texture to what someone would expect from their favorite cookie butter.

  5. Hazlitt:

    Society is a more level surface than we imagine. Wise men or absolute fools are hard to be met with, as there are few giants or dwarfs. The heaviest charge we can bring against the general texture of society is that it is commonplace. Our fancied superiority to others is in some one thing which we think most of because we excel in it, or have paid most attention to it; whilst we overlook their superiority to us in something else which they set equal and exclusive store by.

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