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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Text \Text\ (t[e^]kst), n. [F. texte, L. textus, texture, structure, context, fr. texere, textum, to weave, construct, compose; cf. Gr. te`ktwn carpenter, Skr. taksh to cut, carve, make. Cf. Context, Mantle, n., Pretext, Tissue, Toil a snare.] 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. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. (O. Eng. Law) The four Gospels, by way of distinction or eminence. [R.] [1913 Webster] 3. A verse or passage of Scripture, especially one chosen as the subject of a sermon, or in proof of a doctrine. [1913 Webster] How oft, when Paul has served us with a text, Has Epictetus, Plato, Tully, preached! --Cowper. [1913 Webster] 4. Hence, anything chosen as the subject of an argument, literary composition, or the like; topic; theme. [1913 Webster] 5. A style of writing in large characters; text-hand also, a kind of type used in printing; as, German text. [1913 Webster] 6. That part of a document (printed or electronic) comprising the words, especially the main body of expository words, in contrast to the illustrations, pictures, charts, tables, or other formatted material which contain graphic elements as a major component. [PJC] 7. Any communication composed of words. [PJC] 8. a textbook. [PJC] 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. [1913 Webster]