Texture is the physical feel of something — smooth, rough, fuzzy, slimy, and lots of textures something in between.

Sandpaper is very rough — it has a gritty, rough texture. Other things, like linoleum, have a smooth texture. Texture has to do with how an object feels and it's ingredients. Texture is very important in clothes: a cotton shirt has a different texture than a polyester shirt. You can also talk about other kinds of texture, like musical texture. A symphony and a rock song have different instruments, so they have different textures.

Primary Meanings of texture

the feel of a surface or a fabric
the musical pattern created by parts being played or sung together
Full Definitions of texture

n the feel of a surface or a fabric

“the wall had a smooth texture
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a soft or fuzzy surface texture
a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch
raggedness, roughness
a texture of a surface or edge that is not smooth but is irregular and uneven
silkiness, sleekness
the smooth feel of silk fabric
slick, slickness, slip, slipperiness
a slippery smoothness
fineness, powderiness
having a very fine texture
the property of being scaly
coarseness, nubbiness, tweediness
looseness or roughness in texture (as of cloth)
burl, knot, slub
soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design
abrasiveness, harshness, scratchiness
the roughness of a substance that causes abrasions
coarseness, graininess, granularity
the quality of being composed of relatively large particles
roughness of nap produced by long woolly hairs
the texture of a surface that has many bumps
bristliness, prickliness, spininess, thorniness
the quality of being covered with prickly thorns or spines
burnish, gloss, glossiness, polish
the property of being smooth and shiny
Type of:
feel, tactile property
a property perceived by touch

n the physical composition of something (especially with respect to the size and shape of the small constituents of a substance)

“breadfruit has the same texture as bread”
“fish with a delicate flavor and texture
Type of:
composition, constitution, make-up, makeup, physical composition
the way in which someone or something is composed

n the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality

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the direction, texture, or pattern of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric
marbleisation, marbleising, marbleization, marbleizing
a texture like that of marble
wood grain, woodgrain, woodiness
texture produced by the fibers in wood
graining, woodgraining
a texture like that of wood
Type of:
visual property
an attribute of vision

n the essential quality of something

“the texture of Neapolitan life”
Type of:
character, lineament, quality
a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something

n the musical pattern created by parts being played or sung together

“then another melodic line is added to the texture
Type of:
musicality, musicalness
the property of sounding like music

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