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surface

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noun sur·face \ˈsər-fəs\

Simple Definition of surface

  • : an outside part or layer of something

  • : the upper layer of an area of land or water

  • : the flat, top part of something (such as a table or desk) that you can work on

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of surface

  1. 1 :  the exterior or upper boundary of an object or body <on the surface of the water> <the earth's surface>

  2. 2 :  a plane or curved two-dimensional locus of points (as the boundary of a three-dimensional region) <plane surface> <surface of a sphere>

  3. 3a :  the external or superficial aspect of something <trouble lurks below the surface>b :  an external part or layer <sanded the rough surfaces>

on the surface
  1. :  to all outward appearances

Examples of surface in a sentence

  1. The painting's surface is covered with fine cracks.

  2. The bowl has a shiny surface.

  3. The surface of wood was rough.

  4. Be careful of icy surfaces on the roads.



Origin of surface

French, from Middle French, from sur- + face face, from Old French — more at face


First Known Use: circa 1600


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surface

adjective sur·face

Simple Definition of surface

  • : involving only the parts that are easy to see or notice

  • : involving the removal of the surface of a large area of land to get at coal or other material that is near to the surface

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of surface

  1. 1a :  of, located on, or designed for use at the surface of somethingb :  situated, transported, or employed on the surface of the earth <surface mail> <surface vehicles>

  2. 2 :  appearing to be such on the surface only :  superficial <surface friendships>

Examples of surface in a sentence

  1. Despite the surface differences between the two candidates, they are very similar in most ways.

  2. <a surface stain on the wood that can easily be removed with a mild detergent>



1642

First Known Use of surface

1642


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surface

verb sur·face

Simple Definition of surface

  • : to rise to the surface of water

  • : to appear or become obvious after being hidden or not seen

  • : to put a surface on (something, such as a road)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of surface

surfacedsurfacing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a surface to: asa :  to plane or make smoothb :  to apply the surface layer to <surface a highway>

  3. 2 :  to bring to the surface <surface a sunken ship>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to work on or at the surface

  6. 2 :  to come to the surface

  7. 3 :  to come into public view :  show up <letters that have recently surfaced>

surfacer noun

Examples of surface in a sentence

  1. The whale surfaced and then dove back down.

  2. The information surfaced many years later.

  3. After several years, the actress surfaced in a comedy.

  4. The road needs to be surfaced again.



1778

First Known Use of surface

1778



SURFACE Defined for Kids

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surface

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noun sur·face \ˈsər-fəs\

Definition of surface for Students

  1. 1 :  the outside or any one side of an object <She floated on the water's surface.>

  2. 2 :  the outside appearance <On the surface the idea seems good.>




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surface

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adjective sur·face

Definition of surface for Students

  1. :  not deep or real <a surface wound> <a surface friendship>




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surface

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verb sur·face

Definition of surface for Students

surfacedsurfacing

  1. 1 :  to come to the surface <The submarine surfaced.>

  2. 2 :  to become obvious <Claudia's impatience surfaced. — E. L. Konigsburg, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler>

  3. 3 :  to give a new top layer to :  make smooth (as by sanding or paving)




Medical Dictionary

surface

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noun sur·face \ˈsər-fəs\

Medical Definition of surface

  1. :  the exterior or upper boundary of an object or body <the mesial and distal surfaces of a tooth>





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