Definition of texture in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈteksCHər/


1The feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance: skin texture and tone the cheese is firm in texture the different colors and textures of bark
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  • The frog's brown and yellow coloring, as well as its rough texture, allow it to blend in with the mud and tree trunks in its environment.
  • It was sweet and tangy and gooey - a blissful companion of flavours and textures.
  • The quartz grains are well-rounded and often show frosted, pitted surface textures.
feel, touch;
appearance, finish, surface, grain;
quality, consistency;
weave, nap
1.1The character or appearance of a textile fabric as determined by the arrangement and thickness of its threads: a dark shirt of rough texture
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  • The ‘girl’ was cloaked in a brown tartan stuff of a rough texture, poor fabric, no doubt.
  • Keep in mind, shrinkage may affect the appearance and texture of dry-clean only fabric.
  • For playful touches that contrast with felt's matte texture, thread shiny satin ribbon through slits in the fabric or weave it into a pillow front.
1.2 Art The tactile quality of the surface of a work of art.
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  • As in paintings by Malevich and Mondrian, one can detect irregularities of surface texture that come from dragging a brush across the canvas.
  • The horizontal texture of evenly wiped paint emulates the scan lines of a video screen.
  • The use of layered hand-made paper of different quality gives varied texture to the painting.
1.3The quality created by the combination of the different elements in a work of music or literature: a closely knit symphonic texture
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  • Nelson's comping on the vibes creates a texture that is more ethereal than a pianist's and helps define Holland's compositional sound.
  • The pentatonicism helps lighten the contrapuntal texture.
  • One of the ways in which this foreshadowing of Agnes's death is expressed in the poem is through the swan imagery so deeply embedded in the poem's figural texture.


[with object] (usually as adjective textured)
Give (a surface, especially of a fabric or wall covering) a rough or raised texture: wallcoverings which create a textured finish
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  • Repeatedly press the leather stamp over the clay until the entire surface is textured.
  • The first of the final finish coats was textured to provide a nonslip walking surface.
  • Kitchen paper towels applied to the surface result in a barely visible, textured grid.



Pronunciation: /ˈtek(st)SH(ə)rəl/
Example sentences
  • Although his arrangements are looser, both composers share a love of deep textural complexity set within deceptively straightforward structures.
  • The warmed cream dribbled over these eggs elevated the experience to decadently good, whilst the crunchy crumbs added the perfect textural contrast.
  • The textural overlays of the jazz instruments, the drums and the brittle, twangy impetuousness of the kora are at the centre of this music's appeal.


Pronunciation: /-rəlē/
Example sentences
  • The linoleum block is systematically chiseled away in repetitive patterns, leaving a background reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh's texturally painted fields of wheat.
  • A number of the stronger paintings in this texturally diverse show were in fact, rubbings - essentially big charcoal-and-graphite drawings on canvas.
  • The flat, strappy foliage of the exotic night bloomer contrasts texturally with a bed companion, the enormous, finely cut fronds of an Australian tree fern.


Pronunciation: /ˈtek(st)SHərləs/
Example sentences
  • They assured me this was delicious but I must say it looked rather dodgy: you simply can't serve the delicate flesh of scallops in a cloying, textureless mashed potato.
  • In this country children - and too often adults - eat textureless reformed chicken or bought-in frozen pizza, flabby oven chips and beans.
  • The original thought process seems to be that by the middle of the 20th century, white bread had become the standard form of American bread, but was also relatively soft, bland, textureless and geographically uniform.


Late Middle English (denoting a woven fabric or something resembling this): from Latin textura 'weaving', from text- 'woven', from the verb texere.

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Syllabification: tex·ture

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