verb (used with object), sur·faced, sur·fac·ing.
verb (used without object), sur·faced, sur·fac·ing.
- surf music,
- surf scoter,
- surf smelt,
- surf zone,
- surface acoustic wave,
- surface analgesia,
- surface anatomy,
- surface boundary layer,
- surface condenser
Origin of surface
Examples from the Web for surface
The more resources and education society becomes equipped with, the fewer stories like yours will surface.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The most exciting and thrillingly unique artist to surface in 2014.The 10 Best Albums of 2014: Taylor Swift, Sia, Run the Jewels, and More|Marlow Stern|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Set a heatproof bowl over a pot of gently simmering water, making sure that the bowl does not touch the surface of the water.
You can go as deep as you like, or float about on the surface.D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ Was Worth Waiting 15 Years For|James Joiner|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Its fissures are forever present and not that far beneath the surface of every day life.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner|Mike Barnicle|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A large proportion of mammals have the surface fairly uniformly covered with hair of one kind only.The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
This boat, which floats upon the surface of the water until the larv are disclosed, is placed there by the female gnat.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. III (of 4)|William Kirby
The surface is porous; the cells are distant and arranged irregularly, and seem as if composed of sand cemented with mud.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide|Augusta Foote Arnold
I was no longer beneath the surface of the earth but was somewhere in the massive concrete structure of the City of Berlin.City of Endless Night|Milo Hastings
Sometimes for an instant he scanned the surface of the lake for signs of breaking fish or splash of migrant water bird.The Harvester|Gene Stratton Porter
- the exterior face of an object or one such face
- (as modifier)surface gloss
- the area or size of such a face
- (as modifier)surface measurements
- the superficial appearance as opposed to the real nature
- (as modifier)a surface resemblance
- the complete boundary of a solid figure
- a continuous two-dimensional configuration
- the uppermost level of the land or sea
- (as modifier)surface transportation
- to work at or near the ground surface
- to wash surface ore deposits
- to wake up
- to get up
Word Origin for surface
1610s, from French surface "outermost boundary of anything, outside part" (16c.), from Old French sur- "above" (see sur-) + face (see face (n.)). Patterned on Latin superficies "surface" (see superficial).
"come to the surface," 1898, from surface (n.). Earlier it meant "bring to the surface" (1885), and "to give something a polished surface" (1778). Related: Surfaced; surfacing.
see on the surface; scratch the surface.