- the main body of matter in a manuscript, book, newspaper, etc., as distinguished from notes, appendixes, headings, illustrations, etc.
- the original words of an author or speaker, as opposed to a translation, paraphrase, commentary, or the like: The newspaper published the whole text of the speech.
- the actual wording of anything written or printed: You have not kept to the text of my remarks.
- any of the various forms in which a writing exists: The text is a medieval transcription.
- the wording adopted by an editor as representing the original words of an author: the authoritative text of Catullus.
- any theme or topic; subject.
- the words of a song or the like.
- a textbook.
- a short passage of Scripture, especially one chosen in proof of a doctrine or as the subject of a sermon: The text he chose was the Sermon on the Mount.
- the letter of the Holy Scripture, or the Scriptures themselves.
- black letter.
- type, as distinguished from illustrations, margins, etc.
- Linguistics. a unit of connected speech or writing, especially composed of more than one sentence, that forms a cohesive whole.
- anything considered to be a subject for analysis by or as if by methods of literary criticism.
- Digital Technology. a text message.
- to send a text message: Texting while driving is an accident asking to happen.
Origin of text
Examples from the Web for texting
King Lear becomes Lear texting “okay who wants a kingdom,” to which Goneril replies “me me I do.”What Would Jane Eyre Sext?
December 23, 2014
I remind Deen that his namesake died in an infamously horrible car crash, so he may want to cool it on texting and driving.My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star
November 12, 2014
People are locked in texting, or whatever it is on their screens, and detached from their physical surroundings.The End of New York: How One Blog Tracks the Disappearance of a Vibrant City
August 6, 2014
And since WhatsApp is considered a form of texting, people are not obliged to comply.Israel, Hamas, WhatsApp and Hacked Phones in the Gaza Psy-War
July 26, 2014
He may have been particularly exasperated because he had just been texting with his wife about dinner.The Gentle Giant Cut Down by Cops
July 24, 2014
- the main body of a printed or written work as distinct from commentary, notes, illustrations, etc
- the words of something printed or written
- (often plural) a book prescribed as part of a course of study
- computing the words printed, written, or displayed on a visual display unit
- the original exact wording of a work, esp the Bible, as distinct from a revision or translation
- a short passage of the Bible used as a starting point for a sermon or adduced as proof of a doctrine
- the topic or subject of a discussion or work
- printing any one of several styles of letters or types
- short for textbook
- short for text message
- to send a text message from a mobile phone
Word Origin and History for texting
late 14c., "wording of anything written," from Old French texte, Old North French tixte (12c.), from Medieval Latin textus "the Scriptures, text, treatise," in Late Latin "written account, content, characters used in a document," from Latin textus "style or texture of a work," literally "thing woven," from past participle stem of texere "to weave," from PIE root *tek- "to weave, to fabricate, to make; make wicker or wattle framework" (see texture).
An ancient metaphor: thought is a thread, and the raconteur is a spinner of yarns -- but the true storyteller, the poet, is a weaver. The scribes made this old and audible abstraction into a new and visible fact. After long practice, their work took on such an even, flexible texture that they called the written page a textus, which means cloth. [Robert Bringhurst, "The Elements of Typographic Style"]
"to send a text message by mobile system," 2005; see text (n.). Related: Texted; texting. It formerly was a verb meaning "to write in text letters" (1590s).