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  1. sur·face
    IPA[ˈsərfəs]
  2. noun

    • 1. the outside part or uppermost layer of something (often used when describing its texture, form, or extent):

      the earth's surface poor road surfaces
    • 2. the level top of something:

      roll out the dough on a floured surface
      Synonym : worktop, top, working top, work surface, counter, table, stand, horizontal surface
    • 3. the area of such an outer part or uppermost layer:

      the surface area of a cube
    • 4. the upper limit of a body of liquid:

      fish floating on the surface of the water
    • 5. what is apparent on a casual view or consideration of someone or something, especially as distinct from feelings or qualities that are not immediately obvious:

      Tom was a womanizer, but on the surface he remained respectable we need to go beyond surface appearances
      Synonym : outward appearance, superficial appearance, facade
    • 6. a continuous set of points that has length and breadth but no thickness.

    adjective

    • 1. relating to or occurring on the upper or outer part of something:

      surface workers at the copper mines
    • 2. denoting ships which travel on the surface of the water as distinct from submarines:

      the surface fleet
    • 3. carried by or denoting transportation by sea or overland as contrasted with by air:

      surface mail

    verb

    • 1. rise or come up to the surface of the water or the ground:

      he surfaced from his dive
      Synonym : come to the surface, come to the top, come up, rise
    • 2. come to people's attention; become apparent:

      the quarrel first surfaced two years ago
      Synonym : emerge, arise, appear, come to light, come up, come into sight, come into view, come out, crop up, materialize, become visible, spring up, loom
    • 3. (of a person) appear after having been asleep:

      it was almost noon before Anthony surfaced
      Synonym : get up, get out of bed, appear, rise, wake, awaken
    • 4. provide (something, especially a road) with a particular upper or outer layer:

      a small path surfaced with terra-cotta tiles
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: surface, plural noun: surfaces

    • v.: verb: surface, 3rd person present: surfaces, gerund or present participle: surfacing, past tense: surfaced, past participle: surfaced

    • noun

      the outside part or uppermost layer of something:

      the level top of something:

    • adjective

      relating to or found on the surface of something:

      denoting ships which travel on the surface of the water as distinct from submarines:

    • verb

      rise or come up to the surface of the water or the ground:

      come to people's attention; become apparent:

    • adjective

      having an outside part or upper layer, especially of a specified kind:

      having risen or come up to the surface of the water or the ground:

    • adjective

      having an outside part or upper layer, especially of a specified kind:

      having risen or come up to the surface of the water or the ground:

    • noun

      water that collects on the surface of the ground.

      the top layer of a body of water:

    • noun

      (in sports) a synthetic playing surface used in stadiums instead of natural grass.
    • noun

      extraneous noise in playing a phonograph record, caused by imperfections in the grooves or in the pickup system.
    • noun

      (in generative grammar) the structure of a well-formed phrase or sentence in a language, as opposed to its underlying abstract representation:
    • adjective

      (of a substance, such as a detergent) tending to reduce the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved:
    • noun

      another term for countertop
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