The text, or wording, of a book or article is made up of the original words that the author wrote.

In English papers, you have to quote from the text, or actual words in the book you're writing about. You might hear people talk about text in contrast to pictures. For example, a book's text and its pictures should get at the same ideas but in different ways. You translate, summarize or paraphrase a text, but there's only one original.

Definitions of text
  1. noun
    the words of something written
    “there were more than a thousand words of text
    “they handed out the printed text of the mayor's speech”
    “he wants to reconstruct the original text
    synonyms: textual matter
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    a page or text that is vertically divided
    a short line of text that a web site puts on your computer's hard drive when you access the web site
    copy, written matter
    matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials
    draft, draft copy
    any of the various versions in the development of a written work
    electronic text
    text that is in a form that computer can store or display on a computer screen
    installment, instalment
    a part of a published serial
    letter, missive
    a written message addressed to a person or organization
    text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen
    a text that excludes a particular letter or particular letters of the alphabet
    language, lyric, words
    the text of a popular song or musical-comedy number
    a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
    opening line
    the first line of a piece of writing (as a newspaper story)
    head, header, heading
    a line of text serving to indicate what the passage below it is about
    line of poetry, line of verse
    a single line of words in a poem
    by-line, credit line
    a line giving the name of the writer of a story or article
    a line at the beginning of a news article giving the date and place of origin of the news dispatch
    a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed
    a rhythmic group of eight lines of verse
    a rhythmic group of six lines of verse
    envoi, envoy
    a brief stanza concluding certain forms of poetry
    a stanza of four lines
    verse, verse line
    a line of metrical text
    Spenserian stanza
    a stanza with eight lines of iambic pentameter and a concluding Alexandrine with the rhyme pattern abab bcbc c
    one section of a lyric poem or choral ode in classical Greek drama
    the section of a choral ode answering a previous strophe in classical Greek drama; the second of two metrically corresponding sections in a poem
    session cookie
    a cookie that is stored temporarily and is destroyed when you close the link
    precision cookie
    a cookie that is saved permanently on your hard drive
    machine-displayable text
    electronic text that is stored and used in the form of a digital image
    machine-readable text
    electronic text that is stored as strings of characters and that can be displayed in a variety of formats
    (computer science) a copy of the contents of a computer storage device; sometimes used in debugging programs
    fair copy
    a clean copy of a corrected draft
    fascicle, fascicule
    an installment of a printed work
    business letter
    a letter dealing with business
    cover letter, covering letter
    a letter sent along with other documents to provide additional information
    crank letter
    a hostile (usually anonymous) letter
    encyclical, encyclical letter
    a letter from the pope sent to all Roman Catholic bishops throughout the world
    fan letter
    a letter that is a piece of fan mail
    personal letter
    a letter dealing with personal affairs
    form letter
    a letter that is printed in multiple copies and mailed to a list of recipients
    open letter
    a letter of protest; addressed to one person but intended for the general public
    chain letter
    a letter that is sent successively to several people
    a letter from a pastor to the congregation
    round robin
    a letter signed by a number of people
    aerogram, aerogramme, air letter, airmail letter
    a letter sent by air mail
    a specially long, formal letter
    dead letter, dead mail
    mail that can neither be delivered nor returned
    letter of intent
    any letter expressing an intention to take (or forgo) some action
    copy to fill space between more important articles in the layout of a magazine or newspaper
    gag line, laugh line, punch line, tag line
    the point of a joke or humorous story
    actor's line, speech, words
    words making up the dialogue of a play
    the first line of a paragraph that is set as the last line of a page or column
    love lyric
    the lyric of a love song
    rhyme royal
    a stanza form having seven lines of iambic pentameter; introduced by Chaucer
    ottava rima
    a stanza of eight lines of heroic verse with the rhyme scheme abababcc
    sound bite
    a very short speech; usually on radio or television
    a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
    bottom line
    the last line in an audit; the line that shows profit or loss
    tercet, triplet
    a rhythmic group of three lines of verse
    a rhythmic group of seven lines of verse
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    written works (especially in books or magazines)
  2. noun
    the main body of a written work (as distinct from illustrations or footnotes etc.)
    “pictures made the text easier to understand”
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    written works (especially in books or magazines)
  3. noun
    a passage from the Bible that is used as the subject of a sermon
    “the preacher chose a text from Psalms to introduce his sermon”
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    a section of text; particularly a section of medium length
  4. noun
    a book prepared for use in schools or colleges
    “the professor wrote the text that he assigned students to buy”
    synonyms: school text, schoolbook, text edition, textbook
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    trade book, trade edition
    a book intended for general readership
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    a textbook designed for cramming
    a basic or elementary instructional text
    an introductory textbook
    one of a series of texts for students learning to read
    McGuffey Eclectic Readers
    readers that combined lessons in reading with moralistic messages
    an introductory textbook to teach spelling
    a primer that provides instruction in the rudiments or basic skills of a branch of knowledge
    type of:
    a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together)
  5. noun
    a short electronic communication, usually sent from one cellphone to another
    synonyms: text message
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    a communication (usually brief) that is written or spoken or signaled
  6. verb
    send a brief electronic communication from one cellphone to another
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    send a message to
  7. verb
    communicate by means of brief electronic communications, usually sent from one’s cellphone
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    communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
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