sur·​fi·​cial | \ ˌsər-ˈfi-shəl How to pronounce surficial (audio) \

Definition of surficial

: of or relating to a surface surficial geologic processes

Examples of surficial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This aquifer does receive recharge and is not yet overtaxed, but involves more concerns than pumping out of a surficial gravel aquifers near Staples or Benson. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Lessons seen in ill-fated water-rail plan," 9 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of surficial

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for surficial

surface + -icial (as in superficial)

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The first known use of surficial was in 1892

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“Surficial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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