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[ ser-fish-uh l ]
/ sərˈfɪʃ əl /


of or relating to a surface, especially the land surface: a surficial geologic deposit.

Nearby words

surfeit, surfer, surfer's knobs, surfer's knot, surffish, surficial, surficially, surfie, surfing, surfing music, surfing the web

Origin of surficial

1890–95; blend of surface and superficial
Related formssur·fi·cial·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for surficial

  • My foot-rule, my rough scale plans and piled-up figures of cubic capacity and surficial area carried all before them.

    A Floating Home|Cyril Ionides
  • Surficial, sur-fish′al, adj. formed on the surface, as opposed to Subterranean.