surface structure

noun

Definition of surface structure

: a formal representation of the phonetic form of a sentence also : the structure which such a representation describes

Examples of surface structure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The country already has an orbiter and rover on the way to Mars, known as Tianwen-1, which will study the chemical makeup, magnetic field, and surface structure of the red planet. Andrew Jones, Science, 23 Nov. 2020 The benefits include avoiding impacts to surface structures and property and potentially offering flood damage reduction benefits to a larger region. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, 31 Oct. 2019 In recent experiments, Osborn examined the surface structure of seven species of super black fish, acquired from the wild. Sonke Johnsen, National Geographic, 18 Apr. 2018 Feathers, like most opaque objects, typically get their color from pigments in surface coatings (much as melanin colors skin) or from tiny surface structures that reflect light, such as those found on iridescent butterflies and beetles. Sid Perkins, Scientific American, 9 Jan. 2018 The process alters the surface structure of the steel, and the right amount of current and voltage can produce the kind of spikes that kill bacteria. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, 19 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of surface structure

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Surface structure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surface%20structure. Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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