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surface

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noun sur·face \ˈsər-fəs\

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 (such 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 surfaceb :  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 and Etymology 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

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

Definition of surface

surfaced

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surfacing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a surface to: such 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 English Language Learners

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surface

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noun sur·face \ˈsər-fəs\

Definition of surface for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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surface

adjective sur·face

Definition of surface for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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surface

verb sur·face

Definition of surface for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


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

surfaced

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surfacing

  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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