/teks"cheuhr/, n., v., textured, texturing.n.1. the visual and esp. tactile quality of a surface: rough texture.2. the characteristic structure of the interwoven or intertwined threads, strands, or the like, that make up a textile fabric: coarse texture.3. the characteristic physical structure given to a material, an object, etc., by the size, shape, arrangement, and proportions of its parts: soil of a sandy texture; a cake with a heavy texture.4. an essential or characteristic quality; essence.5. Fine Arts.a. the characteristic visual and tactile quality of the surface of a work of art resulting from the way in which the materials are used.b. the imitation of the tactile quality of represented objects.6. the quality given, as to a musical or literary work, by the combination or interrelation of parts or elements.7. a rough or grainy surface quality.8. anything produced by weaving; woven fabric.v.t.9. to give texture or a particular texture to.10. to make by or as if by weaving.[1400-50; late ME < L textura web, equiv. to text(us) (ptp. of texere to weave) + -ura -URE]
* * *the concrete, physical elements of prose or poetry that are separate from the structure or argument of the work. Such elements include metaphor, imagery, metre, and rhyme. The distinction between structure and texture is associated particularly with the New Critics (New Criticism), especially John Crowe Ransom (Ransom, John Crowe).
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