text

[tekst]

noun

verb (used without object) Digital Technology.

to send a text message: Texting while driving is an accident asking to happen.

verb (used with object) Digital Technology.

to send a text message about or containing: He texted a long wish list to his parents two days before his eighteenth birthday.Compare instant message(def 2).
to send a text message to: The only way I can ever reach her is to text her.

Origin of text

1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin textus text, terms, Latin: text, structure, orig., pattern of weaving, texture (of cloth), equivalent to tex(ere) to weave + -tus suffix of v. action
Related formstext·less, adjective
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text

noun

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

verb

to send a text message from a mobile phone
Derived Formstextless, adjective

Word Origin for text

C14: from Medieval Latin textus version, from Latin textus texture, from texere to compose
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Word Origin and History for text
n.

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"]
v.

"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).

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