Meaning of TEXTURE in English


I. ˈtekschə(r) noun

( -s )

Etymology: Latin textura web, texture, from textus (past participle of texere to weave) + -ura -ure — more at technical


a. : something composed of closely interwoven elements

nor the spider entangle the heedless fly in his texture — Abraham Tucker

specifically : a woven cloth

took up from the couch the great purple-and-gold texture that covered it — Oscar Wilde

b. : the structure formed by the threads of a fabric

the open texture of mesh


a. : the essential part of something : substance , nature

not a mere exercise in metaphysics: for him it is … the very texture of action — Irving Howe

musical theater, American in its quality and texture — Rouben Mamoulian

b. : an identifying quality : character

the distinctive texture of Mediterranean culture — Morris Watnick

by the cigars they smoke, and the composers they love, ye shall know the texture of men's souls — John Galsworthy


a. : the size and organization of small constituent parts of a body or substance

cellular texture of a plant stem

a soil is fine or coarse in texture according to the relative proportions of fine and coarse particles present — F.C.Marbut

b. : the visual or tactile surface characteristics and appearance of something

the textures and shapes of people's well-kept-up places showed cold-washed and brilliant — Edmund Wilson

nubby texture of tweed

a photography that transmutes the textures of earth and water, woods, and grasses — Arthur Knight

scrawl calligraphic convolutions over the painted surface … to give it texture — David Sylvester

c. : the characteristic consistency especially of a liquid or semiliquid

thinning baby's cereal with formula … makes the texture more familiar — advt

the finished product, made of glue and glycerin, has a rubbery texture — Saturday Review

d. : grain 6a

the texture varies with different woods and rate of growth — Thomas Corkhill


a. : the smaller features of a rock that depend on the size, shape, arrangement, and distribution of the component minerals

the texture of the unaltered rock varies, ranging from porphyritic … to seriate — Economic Geology

— compare structure

b. : a composite of the elements of prose or poetry

all these words … meet violently to form a texture impressive and exciting — John Berryman

the texture of the internal monologue derives its richness and stiffness from a continuous thread of quotation — Harry Levin

c. : a pattern of musical sound created by tones or lines played or sung together

the harmonic texture constantly suggested tonality to my ear — Irving Kolodin

is sung by each voice in turn so that another parallel melodic line is added to the texture — Norman Demuth


a. : a basic scheme or structure : fabric

closely inwoven with the texture of rational experience — W.R.Inge

believed that character was the pervasive texture of personality — Doris F. Bernays

b. : the overall structure of something incorporating all or most of its parts : body

lessons … yet to become absorbed into the texture of contemporary society — F.H.A.Micklewright

once a theme … assumes importance it tends to recur and become integrated into the texture of the play — E.A.Armstrong

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

1. : to make by or as if by weaving

a bright faultless vision textured out of mere sunbeams — Jane W. Carlyle


a. : to form with a texture

walled with opaque glass … textured into little cubes — Lewis Mumford

b. : to give a texture to

carpets textured with patterns in high and low pile

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.