For example: Clarity, Weight, Absence, Strength . . . . Delicate, Flexible, Dense . . . Vitality, Breadth, Presence, Depth . . . .
Texture. Characteristic physical structure given to a material by the Size, Shape, Density, Arrangement, Proportion of its elementary parts . . . . Visual & Tactile Characteristics and Qualities of the surface of a work of art resulting from the way in which the materials are Used . . . . Essential or Elemental Part or Quality . . .
For example: Sheer or Smooth, Hard and Reflective, Absorbent, Translucent, Ribbed or Granular, Loose, Rough, Furry, Dense, Crinkled, Woven or Intertwined [such as Threads, Strands...that make up a Textile Fabric--Silken, Knitted Wool, etc].
C O N S I D E R:
Of what sort
Texture of a tone, dependent on its overtone content, which distinguishes it from others of the same pitch and loudness
Of Belonging To, Determining, or Distinguishing the nature or something
A Characteristic, innate or acquired, which , in some particular, determines the nature and behavior of a person or thing
An Attribute [fundamental or innate characteristic]
A Property [applies only to things]
R E F E R E N C E S
Quality -n. 1. a characteristic, property, or attribute. 2. character or nature, as belonging to or distinguishing a thing: the quality of a sound. 3. character with respect to fineness or grade of excellence: food of poor quality. 4. high grade; great excellence. 5. an accomplishment or attainment. 6. high social position or status: a man of quality. 7. Acoustics. the texture of a tone, dependent on its overtone content, which distinguishes it from others of the same pitch and loudness. 8. Phonet. the tonal color, or timbre, that characterizes a particular vowel sound. 9. Logic. the character of a proposition as affirmative or negative. --adj. 10. of or having superior quality.: quality paper. [ME qualitˇ < OF < L qu‡lit‡s = qu‡l[is] of what sort + -tas -ity]
-Syn. 1. trait, character, feature. QUALITY, ATTRIBUTE, PROPERTY agree in meaning a particular characteristic [of a person or thing]. A QUALITY is a characteristic, innate or acquired, which , in some particular, determines the nature and behavior of a person or thing: naturalness as a quality: the quality of meat. An ATTRIBUTE was originally a quality attributed, usually to a person or something personified; more recently it has meant a fundamental or innate characteristic: an attribute of God; attributes of a logical mind. PROPERTY applies only to things; it means a characteristic belonging specifically in the constitution of, or found [invariably] in the behavior of a thing: physical properties of uranium or of limestone. 3. nature, kind, grade, sort, condition
[Urdang, Laurence, ed. Random House Dictionary of The English Language. New York: Random House,1968.]
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