1. (texture) (literary theory) A formalist concept in New Criticism referring to the unique particularity of the expressive verbal surface features in a work (such as imagery and connotations), as distinct from its structure, argument, or meaning.
2. (linguistics) The properties defining texts as distinct from other types of linguistic units (such as words or clauses): primarily, coherence and cohesion.
3. (poststructuralist discourse) The inescapable writtenness of social reality: see also social text; textualism; compare constructionism.