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surf

noun \ ˈsərf \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of surf

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

Recent Examples of surf from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of surf

origin unknown

surf Synonyms

Synonyms
froth, head, lather, spume, suds, foam
Related Words
mousse; mist, spindrift, spray; scum

Other Oceanography Terms


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surf

verb

Definition of surf

intransitive verb
1 :to ride the surf (as on a surfboard)
2 :to scan a wide range of offerings for something of interest
transitive verb
:to scan the offerings of (such 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.

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First Known Use of surf

1917


SURF Defined for English Language Learners

surf

noun

Definition of surf for English Language Learners

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


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

noun \ ˈsərf \

Definition of surf for Students

1 :the waves of the sea that splash on the shore
2 :the sound, splash, and foam of breaking waves

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surf

verb

Definition of surf for Students

surfed; surfing
1 :to ride the incoming waves of the sea (as on a surfboard)
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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