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  Dictionary Definition of text

1. the main body of matter in a book or manuscript, as distinguished from notes, appendixes, etc.
2. the original words of an author as distinct from a translation, paraphrase, commentary, or the like.
3. the actual wording of anything written or printed.
4. any of the various forms in which a writing exists.
5. the wording adopted by an editor as representing the original words of an author.
6. any theme or topic.
7. the words of a song or the like.
8. any group of utterances or sentences which show cohesion; a unified passage.
9. a textbook.
10. a short passage of Scripture, especially one chosen in proof of a doctrine, as the subject of a sermon, etc.
11. Ecclesiastical the letter of the Holy Scripture, or the Scriptures themselves.
[ME, from ML textus wording (of the Gospel), L structure (of a discourse), originally texture. See TEXTURE ]
-- textless, adjective