- the visual and especially tactile quality of a surface: rough texture.
- the characteristic structure of the interwoven or intertwined threads, strands, or the like, that make up a textile fabric: coarse texture.
- 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.
- an essential or characteristic quality; essence.
- Fine Arts.
- the characteristic visual and tactile quality of the surface of a work of art resulting from the way in which the materials are used.
- the imitation of the tactile quality of represented objects.
- the quality given, as to a musical or literary work, by the combination or interrelation of parts or elements.
- a rough or grainy surface quality.
- anything produced by weaving; woven fabric.
- to give texture or a particular texture to.
- to make by or as if by weaving.
Origin of texture
Examples from the Web for textured
Another key theme was layering—such as textured miniskirts over longer, narrow skirts—and suede or tutus over layers.Chanel, Back to the Future
July 2, 2013
What emerges is as complex and textured as any novel while providing a primer on the use of power in a democracy.Our Favorite Books of 2012: Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Others’ Picks
The Daily Beast
December 11, 2012
I mean, he had such a mouth on him—so textured, so open, so often on the money.Who Is Philip Roth’s Portnoy Satirizing?
August 28, 2012
But I think even a long, detailed, textured article would come in the end to two questions and two fairly clear answers.Obama: Eisenhower Republican?
July 26, 2012
This was the perfect inspiration to create a hot chocolate so thick and textured the spoon was actually necessary.5 Recipes from Mollie Katzen
March 16, 2010
He could almost imagine the textured taste of the cigaret on his tongue.The Hills of Home
- the surface of a material, esp as perceived by the sense of toucha wall with a rough texture
- the structure, appearance, and feel of a woven fabric
- the general structure and disposition of the constituent parts of somethingthe texture of a cake
- the distinctive character or quality of somethingthe texture of life in America
- the nature of a surface other than smoothwoollen cloth has plenty of texture
- art the representation of the nature of a surfacethe painter caught the grainy texture of the sand
- music considered as the interrelationship between the horizontally presented aspects of melody and rhythm and the vertically represented aspect of harmonya contrapuntal texture
- the nature and quality of the instrumentation of a passage, piece, etc
- (tr) to give a distinctive usually rough or grainy texture to
Word Origin and History for textured
early 15c., "network, structure," from Middle French texture, from Latin textura "web, texture, structure," from stem of texere "to weave," from PIE root *tek- "to weave, to fabricate, to make; make wicker or wattle framework" (cf. Sanskrit taksati "he fashions, constructs," taksan "carpenter;" Avestan taša "ax, hatchet," thwaxš- "be busy;" Old Persian taxš- "be active;" Greek tekton "carpenter," tekhne "art;" Old Church Slavonic tesla "ax, hatchet;" Lithuanian tasau "to carve;" Old Irish tal "cooper's ax;" Old High German dahs, German Dachs "badger," literally "builder;" Hittite taksh- "to join, unite, build"). Meaning "structural character" is recorded from 1650s.
- The composition or structure of a tissue or organ.
- The general physical appearance of a rock, especially with respect to the size, shape, size variability, and geometric arrangement of its mineral crystals (for igneous and metamorphic rocks) and of its constituent elements (for sedimentary rocks). A sandstone that forms as part of an eolian (wind-blown) deposit, for example, has a texture that reflects its small, rounded sand grains of uniform size, while a sandstone that formed as part of a fluvial deposit has a texture reflecting the presence of grains of varying sizes, with some more rounded than others.