(1)   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"
(2)   The main body of a written work (as distinct from illustrations or footnotes etc.)
"Pictures made the text easier to understand"
(3)   A book prepared for use in schools or colleges
"His economics textbook is in its tenth edition"
"The professor wrote the text that he assigned students to buy"
(4)   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"


From , past participle of


  1. A writing consisting of multiple glyphs, characters, symbols or sentences.
  2. A book, tome or other set of writings.
  3. A brief written message transmitted between mobile phones; an SMS text message.
  4. Data which can be interpreted as human-readable text (often contrasted with binary data).

Related terms


  1. To send a text message to; i.e. to transmit text using the Short Message Service (SMS), or a similar service, between communications devices, particularly mobile phones.
    Just text me when you get here.
  2. To be occupied for a duration with the act of sending and receiving text messages.
    Have you been texting all afternoon?