Meaning of texture

tex•ture

Pronunciation: (teks'chur), [key]
— n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.
—n.
  1. the visual and esp. 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.
    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.
  5. the quality given, as to a musical or literary work, by the combination or interrelation of parts or elements.
  6. a rough or grainy surface quality.
  7. anything produced by weaving; woven fabric.
—v.t.
  1. to give texture or a particular texture to.
  2. to make by or as if by weaving.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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