surface area


: the amount of area covered by the surface of something
The lake has roughly the same surface area as 10 football fields.

Examples of surface area in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s because with forefoot strikes, the toes can splay, and the force of the impact can roll through the five metatarsal bones in the midsection of the foot, increasing surface area and spreading out the force of the impact. Laura Lancaster, Outdoor Life, 11 Apr. 2024 The diner chain got that crazy large number by using the measurements of standard Denny’s pancake – six inches in diameter and three inches in radius, for a surface area of 28.27 square inches. The Indianapolis Star, 5 Apr. 2024 The total surface or working area of the intestines is approximately equal to the surface area of two tennis courts, though some Swedish scientists have downgraded it to the size of a small studio apartment — an apartment that is dark and uninviting. San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Jan. 2024 Cons This towel is large, which is great for covering more surface area, but can be a bit tricky when targeting smaller areas of concern. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 Since then, there has been a roughly 40% loss in surface area and a 50% loss in thickness, according to Walter Meier, a senior researcher with the National Snow and Ice Data Center, who was not involved with the study. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2024 The entire vertical surface area of the modest space was plastered with American flags, bald eagles, and at least one fake Thomas Jefferson quote. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 17 Feb. 2024 Since the ocean makes up around 70% of the surface area of our planet, Captura is offering a path to create a massively scalable Nature-enhancing Solution (NeS) to the carbon cycle imbalance that is driving climate change. Erik Kobayashi-Solomon, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The ingredients tend to be artisan and fresh, distributed more sparsely across the surface area. Jill Wendholt Silva and Tyler Fox, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024

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“Surface area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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