Definition of superficies
1 : a surface of a body or a region of space
2 : the external aspects or appearance of a thing
Did You Know?
Look below the surface of "superficies" and "surface" and you’ll find the very same Latin roots: "super-," meaning "on top," and "facies," meaning "face" or "aspect." English speakers plucked "superficies" right from Latin - it means "surface" in that language. Our word surface came to us by way of Middle French, where "sur-" (which comes from "super " and also means "on top") was combined with "face" (meaning "face"; from "facies"). We added "surface" to our crop of borrowed words around 1600, and the first known use of "superficies" is from 1530. One tricky thing to keep in mind about "superficies" is that it can be singular (even though it ends in an "s"!) or plural. There is no "superficie" or "superficy."
Origin and Etymology of superficies
Latin, surface, from super- + facies face, aspect — more at face
First Known Use: 1530
Rhymes with superficies
Abdülaziz, Albigenses, Aragonese, archdiocese, Averroës, Barcelonese, bona fides, bureaucratese, cheval-de-frise, computerese, Diogenes, Dodecanese, Dutch elm disease, Egas Moniz, Eumenides, Euripides, Florida Keys, governmentese, Great Pyrenees, Hesperides, Hippocrates, Hippomenes, Indo-Chinese, kissing disease, mad cow disease, Marie-Louise, officialese, Pentagonese, Philoctetes, Sammarinese, social disease, suicide squeeze, telegraphese, Themistocles, Thucydides, Vietnamese
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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about superficies
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