sur·​fac·​ing | \ ˈsər-fə-siŋ How to pronounce surfacing (audio) \

Definition of surfacing

: material forming or used to form a surface

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The risk of employee strikes surfacing in WeWork’s financial disclosures not only signals to investors the potential impact on the company’s operational and financial condition—but also how meaningful strikes have become. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "Union pushes at places like YouTube and WeWork could transform white-collar work," 1 Sep. 2019 ByteDance’s selective information surfacing doesn’t end there. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "TikTok’s parent company appears to be censoring the Hong Kong protests," 14 Aug. 2019 New video surfacing from inside a department store shows a handful of straggling shoppers heading for the exits as Dillard's employees attempt to lock the entrance to the rest of the mall. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Police continue search for masked man who sparked panic inside Memorial City Mall," 12 Aug. 2019 Still, that hasn't stopped a slew of reports from surfacing in recent months that all point to a sizable update to Samsung's Galaxy Note line. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "How to Watch the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 Event," 7 Aug. 2019 Cloudflare sees itself as fundamentally different to services like Facebook, Kramer told CNN, because it is not involved in surfacing or moderating content. Donie O'sullivan, CNN, "US company helping keep 8chan online has no plans to stop working with the site," 4 Aug. 2019 The Reagan Foundation did not respond to a request for comment on the Atlantic article's surfacing of the 1971 recording. NBC News, "Ronald Reagan called African U.N. delegates 'monkeys' in call with Richard Nixon, audio recording reveals," 31 July 2019 Also damaged were a light pole, stacked swing mats and about 25,000 pounds of shredded rubber mulch playground surfacing. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Teen arrested in playground fire at East Anchorage elementary school that caused $100,000 in damage," 27 July 2019 The surviving three crew members apparently managed to initiate an emergency surfacing that was witnessed by Russian fishermen illegally fishing in restricted waters off the coast of the Kola Peninsula. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russian spy sub crew prevented nuclear accident at cost of their lives," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of surfacing

1861, in the meaning defined above

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