- Surface means relating to the outer or superficial characteristics, or carrying something on land or sea.
- An example of surface is the texture of the top of a table.
- An example of surface is a person who appears honest but really isn't.
- An example of surface is mail that is carried by truck instead of by air.
- The definition of a surface is the outer face or side of something.
An example of surface is the hardwood covering of a table.
- Surface is defined as to cause to appear, to come to the top or to finish the outer part of something.
- An example of surface is for negative emotions to take over.
- An example of surface is to sand a table.
- the outer face, or exterior, of an object
- any of the faces of a solid
- the area or extent of such a face
- superficial features, as of a personality; outward appearance
- Geom. an extent or magnitude having length and breadth, but no thickness
Origin of surfaceFrench from sur- (see sur-) + face, face, based on Classical Latin superficies
- of, on, or at the surface
- intended to function or be carried on land or sea, rather than in the air or under water: surface forces, surface mail
- merely apparent; external; superficial
transitive verb-·faced, -·fac·ing
- to treat the surface of, esp. so as to make smooth or level
- to give a surface to, as in paving
- to bring to the surface; esp., to bring (a submarine) to the surface of the water
- to work at or near the surface, as in mining
- to rise to the surface of the water
- to appear or become known, esp. after having been concealed; come to light
- a. The outer or the topmost boundary of an object.b. A material layer constituting such a boundary.
- Mathematics a. The boundary of a three-dimensional figure.b. The two-dimensional locus of points located in three-dimensional space.c. A portion of space having length and breadth but no thickness.
- The superficial or external aspect: “a flamboyant, powerful confidence man who lives entirely on the surface of experience” ( Frank Conroy )
- An airfoil.
- Relating to, on, or at a surface: surface algae in the water.
- Relating to or occurring on or near the surface of the earth.
- a. Superficial.b. Apparent as opposed to real.
verbsur·faced, sur·fac·ing, sur·fac·es
- To provide with a surface or apply a surface to: surface a table with walnut; surface a road with asphalt.
- To bring to the surface: surface a submarine.
- To make known; expose or reveal: the first news report that surfaced the allegations.
- To rise to the surface.
- To emerge after concealment.
- To work or dig a mine at or near the surface of the ground.
Origin of surfaceFrench sur- above ( from Old French; see sur- . ) face face ( from Old French; see face . )
- The overside or up-side of a flat object such as a table, or of a liquid.
- The outside hull of a tangible object.
- (figuratively) Outward or external appearance.
- On the surface, the spy looked like a typical businessman.
- (mathematics, geometry) The locus of an equation (especially one with exactly two degrees of freedom) in a more-than-two-dimensional space.
- (fortification) That part of the side which is terminated by the flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion.
(third-person singular simple present surfaces, present participle surfacing, simple past and past participle surfaced)
From French surface.