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(TEXture ELement) The smallest addressable unit of a texture map. When objects in the image are near, one texel is mapped to one or more screen pixels. When objects are distant, multiple texels are averaged into one screen pixel. See texture map.

texture map

A two-dimensional image of a surface that is used to cover 3D objects. See texture mapping.

Applying a Texture Map
A 2D texture map is "draped" over a 3D object to create the required surface. (Image courtesy of Intergraph Computer Systems.)

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