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

Definition of surfacing

: material forming or used to form a surface

Examples of surfacing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web She was awakened by the sound of orcas surfacing to breathe. Mary Quattlebaum, Washington Post, "Author and illustrator explored orcas’ home while creating ‘A Whale of the Wild’," 3 Nov. 2020 Features a fully accessible athletic facility that can be used for baseball, soccer or football and surfacing that allows people to walk, use wheelchairs or use walkers. Joshua Bowling, The Arizona Republic, "This new Peoria park is fully accessible for people with disabilities, as are these other Phoenix area parks," 24 Oct. 2020 Deeply collaborative in nature (the movement’s members often starred in or worked behind the scenes of one another’s films), the L.A. Rebellion was determined to offer representations that Hollywood had no interest in surfacing. Ismail Muhammad, New York Times, "A Filmmaker Who Sees Prison Life With Love and Complexity," 6 Oct. 2020 Willenson, the Bayside Middle School administration and others have partnered with SnapSports Wisconsin and Rodriguez Recreation Co. to retrofit the existing outdoor basketball court with two new regulation goals and SnapSports athletic surfacing. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Philip's Supreme Court': A Bayside Middle School student who died in a car accident will be honored with a basketball court," 6 Oct. 2020 Another type of solid surfacing material that’s worth considering is called, quartz composite. Joe Lindsey, Popular Mechanics, "Types of Countertops: How to Choose the Best Material for Your Kitchen," 30 Sep. 2020 Raisman had previously discussed her trauma from the Nassar abuse re-surfacing in a therapy session earlier this year and chronicled the difficult path to recovery. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Aly Raisman discusses battle with PTSD, Tokyo Games," 8 Sep. 2020 The triangular headlights are integrated with the grille shape, and although the sides and rear of this prototype are camouflaged, the teaser photos showed interesting side surfacing and a recognizable lighting signature at the rear. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "2022 Hyundai Tucson Prototype Shows More Details," 8 Sep. 2020 Yet the question keeps surfacing, apparently prompted by some who suspect the state's number of COVID-19 deaths may be exaggerated. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "COVID Watch: Car wrecks, death rates, immunity and other questions about the coronavirus," 24 Aug. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'surfacing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of surfacing

1861, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about surfacing

Time Traveler for surfacing

Time Traveler

The first known use of surfacing was in 1861

See more words from the same year

Statistics for surfacing

Last Updated

8 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Surfacing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on surfacing

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for surfacing

Nglish: Translation of surfacing for Spanish Speakers

Comments on surfacing

What made you want to look up surfacing? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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