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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

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

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

    3. transitive verb
    4. :  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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