The painting's surface is covered with fine cracks.
The bowl has a shiny surface.
The surface of wood was rough.
Be careful of icy surfaces on the roads. Adjective
Despite the surface differences between the two candidates, they are very similar in most ways.
a surface stain on the wood that can easily be removed with a mild detergent Verb
The whale surfaced and then dove back down.
The information surfaced many years later.
After several years, the actress surfaced in a comedy.
The road needs to be surfaced again. See More
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For stars like our sun, p-modes dominate their observable oscillations; their g-modes, which are affected by internal magnetic fields, are too weak to detect and can’t reach the star’s surface.—WIRED, 26 Nov. 2023 The key ingredient to this formula is hyaluronic acid, which is known for its ability to hydrate and bind water to the surface layer of the skin for a plumper, smoother appearance.—Anamaria Glavan, Allure, 26 Nov. 2023 Most sweeping are three large seascapes that suggest the hard surfaces below the fluid, cold-hued water.—Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Its elegant design adds style and sophistication, while the surface provides the perfect space to display your favorite decorative items.—Poppy Morgan, Rolling Stone, 24 Nov. 2023 Clean frequently touched surfaces, including doorknobs and mobile devices.—Karen Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2023 And sea surface temperatures will drop to as low as 61 degrees in spots, making a wetsuit a necessity after several warm days in a row.—Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 The sleek glass surface wipes clean easily, while the inside of the oven has a self-cleaning feature to make clean-up a breeze.—Laura Denby, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Nov. 2023 Photos of the spill show large chunky globules and long slicks of oil floating on the Gulf's surface.—Li Cohen, CBS News, 21 Nov. 2023
The battery life alone (23 minutes and 30 seconds) makes this one of the best cordless vacuums, but there are some additional unique features that helped this Eureka multi-surface model stand out to us.—Alida Nugent, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Mar. 2023 In it were tablets containing concentrated hand soap as well as multi-surface, glass and bathroom cleaners — and four empty containers.—Susan Shain, New York Times, 17 Mar. 2023 The sub was fitted with six 533-millimeter torpedo tubes and carried a mix of both anti-surface and anti-submarine weapons.—Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 23 Dec. 2022 The multi-surface cleaner works with Dyson's signature de-tangling Motorbar cleaner head, a brush bar that safely captures hair and moves it along with no clogged mess.—Lauren Fischer, Peoplemag, 9 Nov. 2022 Clorox’s multi-surface mist does it all.—Jodhaira Rodriguez, Good Housekeeping, 16 Aug. 2022 Plus, its dual multi-surface rubber brushes flex to adjust to different floor types and avoid getting tangled with pet hair.—Stephanie Mlot, PCMAG, 16 Mar. 2023 Besides the citrusy aroma, there’s a lot to love about the eco-friendly subscription service, including the reusable spray bottles—and the fact that just a small spritz of multi-surface, all-purpose cleaner is enough to banish grease from your cooktop.—Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 16 Feb. 2023 Pine-Sol scented multi-surface cleaners (lavender clean, sparkling wave and lemon fresh scents), CloroxPro Pine-Sol all purpose cleaners (lavender clean, sparkling wave, lemon fresh, and orange energy scents) and Clorox Professional Pine-Sol lemon fresh cleaner.—Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 26 Oct. 2022
Soon after photos from the event began to surface, users on social media began to accuse the singer of lightening her skin.—Alex Portée, NBC News, 28 Nov. 2023 Did any unsolved frictional moments or inclusion hiccups occur that could surface during performance review time?—Simone E. Morris, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 At the same time, troubling information continues to surface about the state’s failure to address safety hazards posed by the storage of pallets and sanitizer under the freeway.—David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2023 When a video surfaced of an after-school scuffle, 11 Black children were arrested.—ProPublica, 22 Nov. 2023 The Gormiti first surfaced in 2005 as a collection of colorful and highly detailed toys manufactured by Italy’s Giochi Preziosi, which is now co-financing the 20-episode (10 per season) English-language show with Rainbow and will lead licensing on the series.—Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 Issues that affect the reality of homeownership and elicit emotional responses, will also continue to surface.—Miles S. Nadal, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 When the call that something interesting has surfaced comes, the dealers are ready to jump on a plane at a moment’s notice.—Jill Newman, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2023 The news of Alexio’s deteriorating health surfaced on Sunday (Nov. 12) when fellow Puerto Rican stars reached out for support via social media, appealing for blood, platelet and plasma donors.—Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 15 Nov. 2023 See More
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French, from Middle French, from sur- + face face, from Old French — more at face