- the outer face, outside, or exterior boundary of a thing; outermost or uppermost layer or area.
- any face of a body or thing: the six surfaces of a cube.
- extent or area of outer face; superficial area.
- the outward appearance, especially as distinguished from the inner nature: to look below the surface of a matter.
- Geometry. any figure having only two dimensions; part or all of the boundary of a solid.
- land or sea transportation, rather than air, underground, or undersea transportation.
- Aeronautics. an airfoil.
- of, on, or pertaining to the surface; external.
- apparent rather than real; superficial: to be guilty of surface judgments.
- of, relating to, or via land or sea: surface mail.
- Linguistics. belonging to a late stage in the transformational derivation of a sentence; belonging to the surface structure.
- to finish the surface of; give a particular kind of surface to; make even or smooth.
- to bring to the surface; cause to appear openly: Depth charges surfaced the sub. So far we've surfaced no applicants.
- to rise to the surface: The submarine surfaced after four days.
- to work on or at the surface.
Origin of surface
Related Wordssuperficial, outer, exterior, shallow, outward, facial, area, top, level, face, skin, expanse, side, facade, materialize, emerge, appear, arise, outside, shoal
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
January 1, 2015
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
December 28, 2014
Set a heatproof bowl over a pot of gently simmering water, making sure that the bowl does not touch the surface of the water.Carla Hall’s Christmas Day Treat: Rum Balls
December 25, 2014
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
December 16, 2014
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
December 8, 2014
See how their shining hair sparkles on the surface of the waters!
A foreign stain floated on the surface, but never mingled with its waters.
Yet see now, these funny little animals on the surface of the spinning-ball.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Surface manifestations are, in and of themselves, merely deceptive.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
There was abundance of water on the surface in the hollows of the sand-hills.Explorations in Australia
- 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
- material resembling such a face, with length and width but without depth
- 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
- come to the surface to emerge; become apparent
- on the surface to all appearances
- to rise or cause to rise to or as if to the surface (of water, etc)
- (tr) to treat the surface of, as by polishing, smoothing, etc
- (tr) to furnish with a surface
- (intr) mining
- to work at or near the ground surface
- to wash surface ore deposits
- (intr) to become apparent; emerge
- (intr) informal
- to wake up
- to get up
Word Origin and History for surface
"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.
- The outer or topmost part of a solid structure.
Idioms and Phrases with surface
see on the surface; scratch the surface.