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 As with that car, the RS Q8 features an extensive aerodynamic kit with a special surface structure. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 5 May 2022 The most concrete layer, called the surface structure, captured facts about the overt shape of the sentence (word order, inflection, and pronunciation). Geoffrey K. Pullum, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 Ralph Baric, a virologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, cautions that, with growing immunity in the population from prior infections and vaccines, Omicron is under intense pressure to evolve and change its surface structure. Charles Schmidt, Scientific American, 14 Jan. 2022 The mostly shadow-free photos also enabled the researchers to map Ryugu’s surface structure, at least on one side. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 10 Sep. 2021 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 See More

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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 1 Oct. 2022.

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