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.
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.
verb (used without object) Digital Technology.
to send a text message: Texting while driving is an accident asking to happen.
verb (used with object) Digital Technology.
to send a text message about or containing: He texted a long wish list to his parents two days before his eighteenth birthday. Compare instant message ( def 2 ).
to send a text message to: The only way I can ever reach her is to text her.

1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin textus text, terms, Latin: text, structure, orig., pattern of weaving, texture (of cloth), equivalent to tex(ere) to weave + -tus suffix of v. action

textless, adjective
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text (tɛkst)
1.  the main body of a printed or written work as distinct from commentary, notes, illustrations, etc
2.  the words of something printed or written
3.  (often plural) a book prescribed as part of a course of study
4.  computing the words printed, written, or displayed on a visual display unit
5.  the original exact wording of a work, esp the Bible, as distinct from a revision or translation
6.  a short passage of the Bible used as a starting point for a sermon or adduced as proof of a doctrine
7.  the topic or subject of a discussion or work
8.  printing any one of several styles of letters or types
9.  short for textbook
10.  short for text message
11.  to send a text message from a mobile phone
[C14: from Medieval Latin textus version, from Latin textus texture, from texere to compose]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "wording of anything written," from O.Fr. texte, O.N.Fr. tixte (12c.), from M.L. textus "the Scriptures, text, treatise," in L.L. "written account, content, characters used in a document," from L. textus "style or texture of a work," lit. "thing woven," from pp. stem of texere "to weave,"
from PIE base *tek- "make" (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"]
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