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The visual or tactile characteristics of the surface of a material. Textures can be smooth, rough, grainy, silky, dull, lustrous, stiff, soft, etc. Texture is used to describe rock, paper, cloth, leather, and other types of surfaces that are commonly touched. In geology, the term texture also applies to the arrangement in space of the components of a rock and of the boundaries between these components.

Synonyms and Related Terms

textura (Port.); texture (Fr.)

Resources and Citations

  • G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 929
  • Submitted information Comment: José Delgado Rodrigues, LNEC, 2009.
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997

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