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TEXT, noun [Latin textus, woven. See Texture.]

1. A discourse or composition on which a note or commentary is written. Thus we speak of the text or original of the Scripture, in relation to the comments upon it. Infinite pains have been taken to ascertain and establish the genuine original text

2. A verse or passage of Scripture which a preacher selects as the subject of a discourse.

How oft, when Paul has serv'd us with a text

Has Epictetus, Plato, Tully preach'd.

3. Any particular passage of Scripture, used an authority in argument for proof of a doctrine. In modern sermons, texts of Scripture are not as frequently cited as they were formerly.

4. In ancient law authors, the four Gospels, by way of eminence.

TEXT, verb transitive To write, as a text [Not much used.]

TEXT'-BOOK, noun In universities and colleges, a classic author written with wide spaces between the lines, to give room for the observations or interpretation dictated by the master or regent.

1. A book containing the leading principles or most important points of a science or branch of learning, arranged in order for the use of students.