- 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
Examples from the Web for surfaced
“I am just floored by this,” Jo Farrell, now 83, told The Denver Post eight years ago when the allegations first surfaced.‘I Saved My Friend From Bill Cosby’
December 3, 2014
Around the world, similar theories and bits-and-pieces of evidence have surfaced.Hunting for a Real-Life Hagrid
November 13, 2014
A mixtape dubbed “Montage of Heck” has surfaced on the site Live Nirvana!Kurt Cobain’s Moody 1988 Mixtape: A Wormhole into the Strange Mind of a Rock Legend
November 3, 2014
In Georgia, a flier has surfaced suggesting that Democrats need to vote in order to avoid another Ferguson.Brace Yourself: October Election Surprises Surely on the Way
October 31, 2014
The memory of that night surfaced in our almost daily arguments.I Was Pregnant When He Hit Me. Here's #WhyIStayed.
September 10, 2014
The posts and cleat are surfaced on four sides, while the other pieces are surfaced on only two sides.Mission Furniture
H. H. Windsor
The cement can be forced into place with the hands and then surfaced with a trowel.Elements of Plumbing
The sides and bottom of the keyway should be surfaced true with the file.
Apparently all the subs had surfaced, for the charges were falling on all sides.Way of a Rebel
Walter M. Miller
At night, he had surfaced to get his bearings and to recharge the air tanks.The Foreign Hand Tie
Gordon Randall Garrett
- 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 surfaced
"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 surfaced
see on the surface; scratch the surface.