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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Text n.
 1. A discourse or composition on which a note or commentary is written; the original words of an author, in distinction from a paraphrase, annotation, or commentary.
 2. O. Eng. Law The four Gospels, by way of distinction or eminence. [R.]
 3. A verse or passage of Scripture, especially one chosen as the subject of a sermon, or in proof of a doctrine.
 How oft, when Paul has served us with a text,
 Has Epictetus, Plato, Tully, preached!   --Cowper.
 4. Hence, anything chosen as the subject of an argument, literary composition, or the like; topic; theme.
 5. A style of writing in large characters; text-hand also, a kind of type used in printing; as, German text.
 Text blindness. Physiol. See Word blindness, under Word.
 Text letter, a large or capital letter. [Obs.]
 Text pen, a kind of metallic pen used in engrossing, or in writing text-hand.