Definition of texture in US English:

texture

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘The children would be introduced to papers of different colours, textures and shapes.’
    • ‘I blinked in surprise; her dark, sandy-blond hair, rough in texture, was now streaked with green.’
    • ‘The complexity of the fossilization process is reflected in the presence of different textures in adjacent cells of the same tissue.’
    • ‘The result is paper with a rough-edged and impressive texture.’
    • ‘An easy way to include different textures is to mix evergreen and deciduous plants.’
    • ‘Rattles and bright toys that have different textures and sounds are often good sources of entertainment.’
    • ‘An array of small dishes is placed before the guests with a range of colours, flavours, textures, and aromas.’
    • ‘It was sweet and tangy and gooey - a blissful companion of flavours and textures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The vegetables were tender and their different textures made for interesting contrasts in the mouth.’
    • ‘These sweets are produced in bright colours and soft textures, and include children's favourites such as jelly babies.’
    • ‘To start, make a note of the colours and textures in your home's building stone, roofing tiles and garden walls.’
    • ‘Besides being a source of fast-digesting carbs, that type of cereal will add thickness and texture to your protein shake.’
    • ‘I brushed a finger along the side of his face, feeling the rough texture of the dark stubble he was allowing to remain on his chin.’
    • ‘The avocado tends to be quite creamy in texture, and the combination of the pink grapefruit and the avocado with the crab would be an automatic combination as the perfect salad.’
    • ‘With a myriad of tones, textures, sizes and shapes, a garden planted purely with foliage plants can be an exciting place to be.’
    • ‘It has a glass and curved aluminum roof that displays beautiful textures and colors.’
    • ‘The quartz grains are well-rounded and often show frosted, pitted surface textures.’
    • ‘This wine is known for its rich, silky texture and complex character.’
    • ‘They did have similar eyes and hair coloring, even the same skin textures and pigments.’
    feel, touch
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    1. 1.1 The character or appearance of a textile fabric as determined by the arrangement and thickness of its threads.
      ‘a dark shirt of rough texture’
      • ‘In much the same way, tapestry has everything painting has, with the added tactile allure of texture.’
      • ‘The man lightly traces his hand over the fabric, feeling the texture and imagining the day it was worn.’
      • ‘I believe the texture in the fabric was called slub and they may be an acetate rayon blend.’
      • ‘Keep in mind, shrinkage may affect the appearance and texture of dry-clean only fabric.’
      • ‘It returns to the origins of the wallpaper industry, combining the appearance and texture of luxurious fabric with a modern natural feel.’
      • ‘Ford admits that it is the fabrics, their texture in particular, which inspire and drive the designs for each collection.’
      • ‘Embroidery of a vast variety and fabrics of every texture are being used.’
      • ‘Her most interesting work is double-woven, which creates variations in texture.’
      • ‘Two of the best selling fabric-effect tiles are linen and satin, both of which successfully replicate the look and texture of the fabrics.’
      • ‘In fashion designing, the colour, weave, design and texture of the fabric play a very important role.’
      • ‘I turn slightly in it now, the rough woven texture of the cloth rubbing my neck.’
      • ‘There also was a feeling of texture in many fabrics, created through tie-dye, batik and ombred effects.’
      • ‘It was the colorful patterns of these textiles and their plush texture that tested the artists' abilities.’
      • ‘The ‘girl’ was cloaked in a brown tartan stuff of a rough texture, poor fabric, no doubt.’
      • ‘By changing the direction of her satin stitches on the leaves and flowers, she created texture and the allusion of dimension.’
      • ‘Yet his great insight is to recognize that it was the hue and texture of fabric taken together, more than the cut and tailoring, that determined the value of a garment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In spite of my goose bumps, I love the texture of the soft fabric against my bare back.’
      surface, finish, grain, nap
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    2. 1.2Art The tactile quality of the surface of a work of art.
      • ‘As in paintings by Malevich and Mondrian, one can detect irregularities of surface texture that come from dragging a brush across the canvas.’
      • ‘When translated into watercolor on silk, her paintings retain both the muted palette and slightly wrinkled texture of the leaf collages.’
      • ‘He often added wax or sand to his paint, increasing its texture and calling attention to the paint's materiality.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3 The quality created by the combination of the different elements in a work of music or literature.
      ‘a closely knit symphonic texture’
      • ‘Clare's impeccable performances create a transparency of texture consistent with whatever they sing.’
      • ‘Sides expertly creates texture by weaving into his double narrative some more personal, more emotional vignettes that add color and pathos.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Pianist Damon Denton scampers through Shostakovich's figurations with a keen ear for melody and texture.’
      • ‘Although both narrators are prone to purple passages, the texture of Singer's Gothic prose remains one of the novel's strengths.’
      • ‘Rochford also writes music - exploring the farthest reaches of tonality and texture - for the two tenor saxes, bass and drums of his own band Polar Bear.’
      • ‘While the two-voice texture does indeed simplify the music, because of the complex rhythms it is not particularly easy music to play.’
      • ‘The absolute clarity of the orchestral texture allowed for the sometimes jarring harmonies and raucous percussion effects to be highlighted.’
      • ‘They often comment on the flavour, texture and overall quality of the beef which we believe is due to the lengthy hanging process.’
      • ‘Though no subsequent comedy has transformation woven so fully into its texture as this, Ovid was of continued importance in Shakespeare's later work in the genre.’
      • ‘Solos are kept short and sweet, and the frequent shifts in texture and instrumental combinations keep things interesting.’
      • ‘Though simple in style and clean in texture, the primo parts of these duets provide the teacher with many opportunities to teach musicianship.’
      • ‘The pentatonicism helps lighten the contrapuntal texture.’
      • ‘Now I'm starting to appreciate the interplay of musical texture and lyrical directness.’
      • ‘Too often crucial instrumental details were obscured in the mushy orchestral texture.’
      • ‘The single Two Months Off is glorious, a mass of shifting electronic textures and exuberant, repetitious vocals.’
      • ‘When certain musicians were not available to do their parts friends were brought in to fill the gaps, and this has only added to the depth and texture of the music.’
      • ‘Nelson's comping on the vibes creates a texture that is more ethereal than a pianist's and helps define Holland's compositional sound.’
      • ‘That is a perfect description of an elaborate contrapuntal texture with ‘emancipated dissonance’.’
      • ‘Zafón weaves layer upon layer within his novel, so that his plots and subplots create a rich texture.’

verb

[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’
    • ‘The paint mass is weighty and roughly textured, but the visual effect is minimalist.’
    • ‘I have never eaten chicken so juicy, well textured and perfectly cooked.’
    • ‘Later we look at recent paintings that are as rich and densely textured as a medieval hanging.’
    • ‘Odds and ends around the house, such as forks, lace fabric, and toy truck tires, can be used to texture clay surfaces.’
    • ‘Printed and textured linen will be snapped up and mixed with existing plain linen garments.’
    • ‘Films and sheets made from the polymer blends may be textured so as to increase the bulk hand feel.’
    • ‘Petrea volubilis is also known as the Sandpaper vine because of its roughly textured leaves.’
    • ‘A quick grind with a pestle and mortar produces a finely textured flavouring for cooking.’
    • ‘Some have textured tops and the dimpled surface is thin enough to allow candlelight to shine through the porcelain.’
    • ‘The glass installed here should be opal or sufficiently textured to obscure the view in.’
    • ‘Kitchen paper towels applied to the surface result in a barely visible, textured grid.’
    • ‘Amy decided to cut Jan's hair shorter, making it more textured so that it looked tidier and was easier to look after.’
    • ‘This device bridges the newly placed pavement, texturing the surface to produce a skid-resistant and quiet pavement, and then applies a curing compound.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She glued textured rubber onto the stairs to ease her pet's trip around the house.’
    • ‘There are also beautifully textured fabrics available from many outlets.’
    • ‘It's so richly textured that it almost resembles Braille, and I imagine he goes through tubes of paint by the truckload.’
    • ‘The Fabric Effect is a collection of lightly textured wall-coverings and borders.’
    • ‘The walls of the pinnacle were bizarrely shaped and textured and formed strange silhouettes in the midday sun.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

texture

/ˈtɛkstʃər//ˈteksCHər/