- 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: Fr from sur- (see sur-) plush 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
- 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 become known, esp. after being concealed
- surfacer noun
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- 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.
- To rise to the surface.
- To emerge after concealment.
- To work or dig a mine at or near the surface of the ground.
Origin: French : sur-, above (from Old French; see sur-) + face, face (from Old French; see face).
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