Nearby words

  1. surf music,
  2. surf scoter,
  3. surf smelt,
  4. surf zone,
  5. surf-'n'-turf,
  6. surface acoustic wave,
  7. surface analgesia,
  8. surface anatomy,
  9. surface boundary layer,
  10. surface condenser

Origin of surface

1605–15; < French, equivalent to sur- sur-1 + face face, apparently modeled on Latin superficies superficies

Related formssur·face·less, adjectivesur·fac·er, nounnon·sur·face, noun, adjectiveun·sur·faced, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for surface

surface

/ (ˈsɜːfɪs) /

noun

verb

Derived Formssurfaceless, adjectivesurfacer, noun

Word Origin for surface

C17: from French, from sur on + face face, probably on the model of Latin superficies

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Word Origin and History for surface
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Medicine definitions for surface

surface

[ sûrfəs ]

n.

The outer or topmost part of a solid structure.

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Idioms and Phrases with surface

surface

see on the surface; scratch the surface.

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