surface meaning

[ 'sə:fis ] Pronunciation:   "surface" in a sentence
  • Noun: surface  surfis
    1. The outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
      "there is a special cleaner for these surfaces"; "the cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface" 
    2. The extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object
      "they skimmed over the surface of the water"; "a brush small enough to clean every dental surface"; "the sun has no distinct surface" 
    3. The outermost level of the land or sea
      "earthquakes originate far below the surface"; "three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water"
      - Earth's surface 
    4. A superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something
      "it was not what it appeared to be on the surface" 
    5. Information that has become public
      "the facts had been brought to the surface"
      - open 
    6. A device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
      - airfoil [N. Amer], aerofoil [Brit], control surface
    Adjective: surface  surfis
    1. On the surface
      "surface materials of the moon"
    Verb: surface  surfis
    1. Come to the surface
      - come up, rise up, rise 
    2. Put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface
      - coat 
    3. Appear or become visible; make a showing
      "I hope the list key is going to surface again"
      - come on, come out, turn up, show up

    Derived forms: surfaced, surfaces, surfacing

    See also: aboveground, grade-constructed [N. Amer], opencast [Brit], opencut, superficial, surfacing, surficial

    Type of: appear, artefact [Brit], artifact [N. Amer], ascend, aspect, bound, boundary, bounds, cover, device, facet, general knowledge, go up, layer, public knowledge

    Antonym: overhead, subsurface

    Part of: geosphere, lithosphere

    Encyclopedia: Surface

  • [Engineering]
    "The outer part (skin with a thickness of zero) of a body, can apply to structures, to micrometer-sized particles, or to extended-surface zeolites."

  • [Medicine]
    n : the exterior or upper boundary of an object or body ‹the mesial and distal surfaces of a tooth›


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  1. presumably reactive surfaces became blocked.
  2. the journal rubs against the bearing surface.
  3. electrons in a metal come out of the surface.
  4. acid had pitted the surface of the silver.
  5. the surface shows deep rill-like folds.

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