- 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 text
Catalogue, published by Flammarion (2014), includes photographs from the Magnum Photos archives and text by Éric Hazan.A History of Paris in 150 Photographs
December 14, 2014
The text amply surveys the various cultural exponents of tattooing accompanied by excellent images.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
Editor's Note: This article has been revised to include the definition and text of Section 12.Prof: MIT Hospitalized Me For Ferguson Tweets
December 11, 2014
A union representative told Buzzfeed News that they never received a text from Liang.New York's Next Killer-Cop Grand Jury
December 6, 2014
Then he sent me a text and asked if we could “chat,” and he invited me to do it.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
Transcriber's Note on text: Some obvious errors have been corrected.
For the purists: A list of changes and corrections to the text.
They are listed more or less in the order they appeared in the text.
There was no need for this cause to change the text of Scripture.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
Sometimes a literary or historical picture creeps into the text.De Libris: Prose and Verse
- 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 text
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).