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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: texte, from Latin textus 'woven material', from texere 'to weave'

text

1 noun
     
text1 S2 W1
1 [uncountable]TCN any written material:
One disk can store the equivalent of 500 pages of text.
2 [uncountable]AL the writing that forms the main part of a book, magazine etc, rather than the pictures or notes:
There should not be too much text in children's books.
3 [countable]TCNSE a book or other piece of writing that is connected with learning or intended for study:
Some of the original text has survived.
Literary texts, like all other works of art, have a historical context.
'Hamlet' is a set text (=one that must be studied for an examination) this year. British English
4 [countable] American English a textbook:
a chemistry text
5

the text of something

the exact words of a speech, article etc:
Only 'The Times' printed the full text of the President's speech.
6 [countable]RRC a short piece from the Bible that someone reads and talks about during a religious service

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