|1.||the surface of a material, esp as perceived by the sense of touch: a wall with a rough texture|
|2.||the structure, appearance, and feel of a woven fabric|
|3.||the general structure and disposition of the constituent parts of something: the texture of a cake|
|4.||the distinctive character or quality of something: the texture of life in America|
|5.||the nature of a surface other than smooth: woollen cloth has plenty of texture|
|6.||art the representation of the nature of a surface: the painter caught the grainy texture of the sand|
|7.||a. music considered as the interrelationship between the horizontally presented aspects of melody and rhythm and the vertically represented aspect of harmony: a contrapuntal texture|
|b. the nature and quality of the instrumentation of a passage, piece, etc|
|8.||(tr) to give a distinctive usually rough or grainy texture to|
|[C15: from Latin textūra web, from texere to weave]|
textural tex·tur·al (těks'chər-əl)
Relating to the texture of the tissues.
texture tex·ture (těks'chər)
The composition or structure of a tissue or organ.
|texture (těks'chər) Pronunciation Key
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.