- 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 texted
A new book from Mallory Ortberg imagines what literary legends including King Lear and Jane Eyre would have texted.What Would Jane Eyre Sext?
December 23, 2014
And then I saw the trailer to Nightcrawler and texted him again and said, “Wow, you inspire me every day.”Anna Kendrick on Feminism, #GamerGate, and the Celebrity Hacking Attack
November 25, 2014
She texted her friends that she was on her way to see them, then texted to say she had become lost.Alleged U.Va. Abductor Accused of Rape at Christian College
September 28, 2014
In this study, over 1,200 people were texted five times a day over the course of three days.It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral
September 23, 2014
ERIK: He texted us about a few weeks ago, just to kind of give us a congratulatory text on “Skydive” and the video.Not a Liquid Dream: O-Town's Back, Baby. But Where’s Ashley?
August 25, 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 texted
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).