[ teks-cher ]
/ ˈtɛks tʃər /


verb (used with object), tex·tured, tex·tur·ing.

to give texture or a particular texture to.
to make by or as if by weaving.

Nearby words

  1. textualism,
  2. textualist,
  3. textually,
  4. textuary,
  5. textural,
  6. texture paint,
  7. textured,
  8. texturize,
  9. textus receptus,
  10. teyde

Origin of texture

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin textūra web, equivalent to text(us) (past participle of texere to weave) + -ūra -ure

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British Dictionary definitions for textural


/ (ˈtɛkstʃə) /



(tr) to give a distinctive usually rough or grainy texture to
Derived Formstextural, adjectivetexturally, adverbtextureless, adjective

Word Origin for texture

C15: from Latin textūra web, from texere to weave

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Word Origin and History for textural



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.

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Medicine definitions for textural


[ tĕkschər-əl ]


Relating to the texture of the tissues.


[ tĕkschər ]


The composition or structure of a tissue or organ.
Related formstextured adj.

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Science definitions for textural


[ tĕkschər ]

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.
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