- Texture is defined as the physical composition of something, or the look and feel of fabric.
An example of texture is the smooth feeling of satin.
Satin has a smooth texture.
- Archaic a woven fabric
- the character of a woven fabric as determined by the arrangement, size, quality, etc. of the fabric's threads: coarse texture, twilled texture
- the arrangement of the particles or constituent parts of any material, as wood, metal, etc., as it affects the appearance or feel of the surface; structure, composition, grain, etc.
- the tactile surface quality of a work of art, resulting from the artist's technique
- the melodic and harmonic relationships of musical materials
- basic structure: the texture of society
Origin of textureMiddle English ; from Classical Latin textura ; from texere, to weave: see technic
- A structure of interwoven fibers or other elements.
- The distinctive physical composition or structure of something, especially with respect to the size, shape, and arrangement of its parts: the texture of sandy soil; the texture of cooked fish.
- a. The appearance and feel of a surface: the smooth texture of soap.b. A rough or grainy surface quality: Brick walls give a room texture.
- Distinctive or identifying quality or character: “an intensely meditative poet [who] conveys the religious and cultural texture of time spent in a Benedictine monastery” (New York Times).
- The quality given to a piece of art, literature, or music by the interrelationship of its elements: “The baroque influence in his music is clear here, with the harmonic complexity and texture” (Rachelle Roe).
transitive verbtex·tured, tex·tur·ing, tex·tures
Origin of textureMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin textūra, from textus, past participle of texere, to weave; see text.
- 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.
- (art) 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.
- (computer graphics) An image applied to a polygon to create the appearance of a surface,
(third-person singular simple present textures, present participle texturing, simple past and past participle textured)