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 Perhaps there were few takers, with only an ESPN report about the Saints’ interest surfacing. Marla Ridenour, USA TODAY, 4 Nov. 2021 Tile is a key component in residential construction, cladding many homes’ floors, backsplashes and shower surrounds for decades, and more recently expanding to porcelain slab countertops, cabinet fronts, outdoor spaces and even roof surfacing. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 30 Oct. 2021 Her husband, Jay (Isaacs), attempts a more methodical approach that counters his wife’s surfacing emotions. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 General view of lava surfacing on the Halema'uma'u crater of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on September 29, 2021, in this still image provided by the USGS surveillance camera. CBS News, 30 Sep. 2021 The submarine crisis may have caught many by surprise, but some see it as merely the surfacing of a trend that has been lurking beneath the Biden administration’s diplomacy. NBC News, 24 Sep. 2021 All of these purposes take advantage of the cleaning features of the laundry fixtures and appliances, as well as surfacing materials appropriate to hard use and low maintenance. Jamie Gold, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 Since first surfacing in the final months of 2019, this pandemic’s viral culprit has yet to be found naturally occurring in any animal. New York Times, 9 July 2021 And Koepka himself has no regrets about the video surfacing. Ben Morse, CNN, 17 June 2021

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First Known Use of surfacing

1861, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of surfacing was in 1861

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surface wave


surfacing machine

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21 Nov 2021

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“Surfacing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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