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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun text:


The word text and its family (texts, textual) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun text

What does text mean as a name of something?

Text is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: texts

  1. the words of something written
    • examples: 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
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of text: textual matter
    • more generic word: matter = written works
    • more specific terms:
      • column = a page or text that is vertically divided
      • cookie = a short line of text that a web site puts on your computer's hard drive when you access the web site
      • written matter / copy = matter to be printed
      • draft copy / draft = 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
      • missive / letter = a written message addressed to a person or organization
      • line = text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen
      • lipogram = 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
      • stanza = a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
    • part of: publication = a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
    • parts:
      • word order = the order of words in a text
      • book = a major division of a long written composition
      • chapter = a subdivision of a written work
      • prolusion / foreword / preface = a short introductory essay preceding the text of a book
      • paragraph = one of several distinct subdivisions of a text intended to separate ideas
      • passage = a section of text
  2. a passage from the Bible that is used as the subject of a sermon
  3. a book prepared for use in schools or colleges
    • example: the professor wrote the text that he assigned students to buy
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of text: school text / schoolbook / text edition / textbook
    • more generic word: book = a written work or composition that has been published
    • more specific words:
      • crammer = a textbook designed for cramming
      • introduction = a basic or elementary instructional text
      • primer = an introductory textbook
      • reader = one of a series of texts for students learning to read
  4. the main body of a written work (as distinct from illustrations or footnotes etc.)
    • example: pictures made the text easier to understand
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: matter = written works

Alternative definition of the noun text


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


Text is the band founded by Kristofer Steen, David Sandström, Fredrik Bäckström and Jon F Brännström. All, except Bäckström, were ex-members of hardcore band Refused. Stylistically, they have little in common with Refused. Their debut album, Text, is a mix of spoken word, music of various styles, and ambient sound effects, often producing an ethereal, avant-garde sound. Apart from the three "Tableau" tracks, each track could be described as fitting into a different genre. In 2008, a second album, Vital Signs, was released. Yet again the style of music is far from Refused and the first Text album. Only Fredrik Bäckström and Jon F Brännström appear on this album.

Phrases with Text

Phrases starting with the word Text:

  1. Text box
  2. text file
  3. Text Link
  4. text editor
  5. text edition
  6. Text Message
  7. text-matching

Phrases ending with the word Text:

  1. E-text
  2. Sex-Text
  3. Rich Text
  4. Plain Text
  5. Timed text
  6. sacred text
  7. school text
  8. Source text
  9. Target Text
  10. Running text
  11. Wall of Text
  12. written text
  13. religious text

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Text

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Google previewA Companion to Digital Literary Studies (2013)

by Ray Siemens, Susan Schreibman

A text is what you have before your eyes right now. But does this writing require a coherent...

Google previewLenin and the End of Politics (1984)

by A. J. Polan

The text is a utopian document that could not be implemented in the harsh objective conditions; the text is an...

or, the text is the repository of genuine emancipatory politics, betrayed by the dull positivity of historical conditions or the ambitions ...

Google previewThe Social World of Jesus and the Gospels (2002)

by Bruce J. Malina

More often than not, a biblical text is a sentence printed in the Bible and cited from it.

Google previewAustralian Curriculum English (2012)

Language : Text Structure and Organisation. Year 6, Ages 11-12 by R.I.C. Publications

The first text is a newspaper report written to provide detailed information about an accident and to attract a reader's interest with an attention- grabbing headline. ... The first text is an explanation about how a hovercraft works.

By contrast, the second text is the victim's personal account of the accident and what followed.

Google previewThe Witness of Preaching (2005)

by Thomas G. Long

Questioning a text is a creative, imaginative activity — something like brainstorming. The main difference is that...

For instance, if the text is the story of the healing in the synagogue in Mark 3:1-6, move through the narrative ...

Google previewDictionary of the Theatre (1998)

Terms, Concepts, and Analysis by Patrice Pavis, Christine Shantz

To read the performance, in a metaphorical sense, is to decipher and interpret the various stage systems* (including the dramatic text*) offered to spectator perception (MOLINARI and OTTOLENGHI 1979). Critics today use the expression "to ...

Google previewDictionary of Major Biblical Interpreters (2007)

by Donald K. McKim

textual problems by judging among variant readings, so the biblical scholar, according to Cappel, must sift variants in order to establish critically the sacred text. Interpretive Principles. The Arcanum and Crit- ica sacra created controversy ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies (2001)

by Mona Baker

Translation is here conceived primarily as a process of intercultural communication, whose end product is a text which is capable of functioning appropriately in specific situations and contexts of use. In this conception, neither source- and ...

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Quotes about Text

What our eyes behold may well be the text of life but one's meditations on the text and the disclosures of these meditations are no less a part of the structure of reality. (Wallace Stevens)
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Scrabble value of T1E1X8T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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