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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.
Text, v. t. To write in large characters, as in text hand. [Obs.]
n 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" [syn: textual matter]
2: 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"
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"
[syn: textbook, text edition, schoolbook, school
text] [ant: trade book]
4: the main body of a written work (as distinct from
illustrations or footnotes etc.); "pictures made the text
easier to understand"