sur·​fac·​ing ˈsər-fə-siŋ How to pronounce surfacing (audio)
: material forming or used to form a surface

Examples of surfacing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a video posted by the company, the whales can be seen surfacing and spouting mist from their blowholes before sinking back into the water. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 26 June 2024 Its Visual and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) data was interpreted as a roughness on the methane-ethane lake, which could have been a sign of mudflats, surfacing bubbles, or waves. Jacek Krywko, Ars Technica, 25 June 2024 People were a little put-off by the whole Bangle-butt flame surfacing styling thing and arguments were made that the E46 was the last of the classic 3 Series models. Kyle Hyatt, Robb Report, 24 June 2024 Just as the maps were circulating on Tuesday and Wednesday, social media was inundated by videos of the Kazan surfacing in Havana Harbor. Antonio Maria Delgado, Miami Herald, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for surfacing 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'surfacing.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of surfacing was in 1861

Dictionary Entries Near surfacing

Cite this Entry

“Surfacing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: material forming or used to form a surface

More from Merriam-Webster on surfacing

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!