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surf

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noun \ˈsərf\

Definition of surf

  1. 1 :  the swell of the sea that breaks upon the shore

  2. 2 :  the foam, splash, and sound of breaking waves

Examples of surf in a sentence

  1. We could hear the roar of the surf.

  2. <beachgoers romping in the swirling surf>

Origin and Etymology of surf

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1685

Other Oceanography Terms


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surf

verb

Definition of surf

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to ride the surf (as on a surfboard)

  3. 2 :  to scan a wide range of offerings for something of interest

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to scan the offerings of (as television or the Internet) for something of interest

surfer

noun

Examples of surf in a sentence

  1. He learned to surf when he was living in California.

1917

First Known Use of surf

1917


SURF Defined for English Language Learners

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surf

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noun \ˈsərf\

Definition of surf for English Language Learners

  • : large waves that fall on the shore and the white foam and sound that they produce


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surf

verb

Definition of surf for English Language Learners

  • : to ride on ocean waves using a special board (called a surfboard)

  • : to look for information or other interesting things on the Internet


SURF Defined for Kids

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surf

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noun \ˈsərf\

Definition of surf for Students

  1. 1 :  the waves of the sea that splash on the shore

  2. 2 :  the sound, splash, and foam of breaking waves


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surf

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verb

Definition of surf for Students

surfed

surfing

  1. 1 :  to ride the incoming waves of the sea (as on a surfboard)

  2. 2 :  to scan a wide range of offerings (as on television or the Internet) for something that is interesting or fills a need



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