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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web CBS News has now learned of yet another curious wrinkle — the surfacing of Santos' name during a 2017 credit-card skimming and identity-theft probe in Washington state. Graham Kates, Caitlin Huey-burns, CBS News, 15 Feb. 2023 According to Davis, choosing a level location for the equipment can reduce the likelihood of the swing set tipping over and prevent loose-fill surfacing materials from washing away during heavy rains. Erica Reagle, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Feb. 2023 Skippers of the chalupas, each typically carrying six oarsmen and a harpooner, directed their crews to row in haste—but stealthily—toward the surfacing or sleeping giants. National Geographic, 13 Jan. 2023 The side surfacing also looks a lot cleaner than the Blazer's busy bodywork. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 14 Dec. 2022 Where is the magma surfacing at Mauna Loa coming from? Gabi Laske, The Conversation, 30 Nov. 2022 In addition to these daily patterns, the analysis also revealed that the narwhal’s diving and surfacing shifted with the seasons. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 22 Sep. 2022 Video from the incident surfacing online showed several people pushing toward the front of the venue and asking for the doors to be opened. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 20 Dec. 2022 The exterior dumps Chevy’s traditional split-grille design for a more Tron-like visage of thin LED light bars and dimpled surfacing. Dallas News, 9 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surfacing was in 1861

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“Surfacing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: material forming or used to form a surface

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