• (America) IPA: /ˈtɛkstʃə(ɹ)/, /ˈtɛkʃtʃə(ɹ)/


  1. The feel or shape of a surface or substance; the smoothness, roughness, softness, etc. of something.
    The beans had a grainy, gritty texture in her mouth.
  2. (arts) The quality given to a work of art by the composition and interaction of its parts.
    The piece of music had a mainly homophonic texture.
  3. (computer graphics) An image applied to a polygon to create the appearance of a surface.
    • 2004, Will Smith, Maximum PC Guide to Building a Dream PC (page 97)
      The videocard is responsible for drawing every polygon, texture, and particle effect in every game you play.
  4. (obsolete) The act or art of weaving.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica
      Skins, although a natural habit unto all before the invention of texture, was something more unto Adam.
  5. (obsolete) Something woven; a woven fabric; a web.
    • 1730, James Thomson, Spring
      Others, apart far in the grassy dale, / Or roughening waste, their humble texture weave.
  6. (biology, obsolete) A tissue.
Related terms Translations Translations Translations
  • French: texture
  • German: Textur
  • Italian: texture
  • Russian: тексту́ра

texture (textures, present participle texturing; past and past participle textured)

  1. to create or apply a texture
    ''Drag the trowel through the plaster to texture the wall.

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