What does the word text mean?

Usage examples for text

  1. This time the text could not be said to flash into his mind, for while running, it had never left him. – The Prairie Chief by R.M. Ballantyne
  2. " Yes, Mr MacPhail," he said, " it was a grand text." – Malcolm by George MacDonald
  3. To be sure, in one sense Peer Gynt is a sermon upon a text. – Adventures in Criticism by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch