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Is there a term for the written, paragraph-form parts of a paper/report/etc., as opposed to the figures, equations, and their captions? I'm reviewing a technical report for a colleague who has put a lot of numerical data in the written part, making it a bit tedious to read. I want to suggest that he summarize this numerical data in a separate table or chart, e.g.:

There are a lot of numbers in the written parts; you should summarize them in a table.

I feel like there should be a better word for "written part" however. The word "copy" is close, but seems to be used specifically for the text in advertisements.

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Simply [one of the senses of] text.

text 2 [in singular]

The main body of a book or other piece of writing, as distinct from other material such as notes, appendices, and illustrations. ‘the pictures are clear and relate well to the text’

[ODO]

The problem is, of course, possible confusion with the other sense/s.

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  • Slightly embarrassed I didn't think of this. It works well, especially if I contrast it with the words "figures" and "charts" to disambiguate its meaning.
    – Carlton
    Mar 3, 2017 at 15:53

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