texture

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.

Definitions of texture
  1. noun
    the feel of a surface or a fabric
    “the wall had a smooth texture
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    nap
    a soft or fuzzy surface texture
    smoothness
    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
    scaliness
    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
    shagginess
    roughness of nap produced by long woolly hairs
    bumpiness
    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
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    feel, tactile property
    a property perceived by touch
  2. noun
    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
    synonyms: grain
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    composition, constitution, make-up, makeup, physical composition
    the way in which someone or something is composed
  3. noun
    the characteristic appearance of a surface having a tactile quality
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    grain
    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
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    visual property
    an attribute of vision
  4. noun
    the essential quality of something
    “the texture of Neapolitan life”
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    character, lineament, quality
    a characteristic property that defines the apparent individual nature of something
  5. noun
    the musical pattern created by parts being played or sung together
    “then another melodic line is added to the texture
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    musicality, musicalness
    the property of sounding like music
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