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 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.
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.
to send a text message about or containing: He texted congratulations to his niece on her new job.: Compare instant message (def. 2).
to send a text message to: The only way I can ever reach her is to text her.
- textless, adjective
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How to use text in a sentence
One fragment in particular showed the remnants of four lines of text, consisting of about 15 letters.College undergrads find hidden text on medieval manuscript via UV imaging | Jennifer Ouellette | November 20, 2020 | Ars Technica
Domokos is a professional mathematician, but even he found the text daunting.Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology | Joshua Sokol | November 19, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
When I ask to see some of the direct messages he has been receiving, Rattray shares a text exchange on his phone with me.A 28-year-old ‘nerd’ in Baltimore invented a new type of mask, and tapped into the strangeness of this 2020 holiday season | Theresa Vargas | November 18, 2020 | Washington Post
Around the time the text was sent, Fradley told Stevens, the chief of staff, about Clarkson’s behavior, according to interviews with the woman who received the texts and the proposed settlement agreement with her that was written by the state.Junior Staffer Says Top Alaska Official Told Her to Keep Allegations of Misconduct Secret | by Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News | November 18, 2020 | ProPublica
The researchers first trained the transformer on a generic corpus of text to establish its baseline familiarity with the English language.
A new book from Mallory Ortberg imagines what literary legends including King Lear and Jane Eyre would have texted.
He texted one of the other founding Santas, “Fuck you, Santa Rob.”Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest | David Freedlander | December 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
During that time Liang allegedly texted his representative at the police union.
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 | Marlow Stern | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Michael Daly | September 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I do hope you aint gone an turned that whole steer into perforated paper, Enoch, even ef tis Bible-texted over.The Doctor's Red Lamp | Various
I do hope you 'ain't gone an' turned that whole steer into perforated paper, Enoch, even ef 'tis Bible-texted over.Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches | Ruth McEnery Stuart
British Dictionary definitions for text
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
- textless, adjective
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