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Definitions of surface

  1. a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
  2. put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface; " coat the cake with chocolate"
  3. appear or become visible; make a showing; " She turned up at the funeral"; " I hope the list key is going to surface again"
  4. come to the surface
  5. the outermost level of the land or sea; " earthquakes originate far below the surface"; " three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water"
  6. information that has become public; " all the reports were out in the open"; " the facts had been brought to the surface"
  7. involving a surface only; " her beauty is only skin- deep"; " superficial bruising"; " a surface wound"
  8. the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary; " there is a special cleaner for these surfaces"; " the cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface"
  9. a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something; " it was not what it appeared to be on the surface"
  10. the extended two- dimensional outer boundary of a three- dimensional object; " they skimmed over the surface of the water"; " a brush small enough to clean every dental surface"; " the sun has no distinct surface"
  11. on the surface; " surface materials of the moon"
  12. A small plane or surface, usually capable of adjustment but not of manipulation, for preserving lateral balance in an aeroplane or flying machine.
  13. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; one of the limits that bound a solid, esp. the upper face; superficies; the outside; as, the surface of the earth; the surface of a diamond; the surface of the body.
  14. Hence, outward or external appearance.
  15. That part of the side which is terminated by the flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion.
  16. To give a surface to; especially, to cause to have a smooth or plain surface; to make smooth or plain.
  17. To work over the surface or soil of, as ground, in hunting for gold.
  18. The outside part of anything that has length, breadth, and thickness; the upper face of a solid; outside; hence, outward appearance; as, all looks well, on the surface.
  19. The exterior part of anything.
  20. Outside; outer face.
  21. The outside of anything.
  22. Geom. That which has length and breadth, but not thickness.
  23. Outside; on the surface merely.
  24. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; a superficies; a magnitude that has length and breadth without thickness.
  25. To put a surface on.
  26. The upper face or side of a thing; the outside; the upper stratum of the soil; that which has length and breadth only.
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Usage examples for surface

  1. When he rose again to the surface, their canoe was at no great distance. – Traditions of the North American Indians, Vol. 3 (of 3) by James Athearn Jones
  2. On the surface it is all well. – Prisoners of Poverty Abroad by Helen Campbell
  3. It flew along over the surface, but appeared unable to rise. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  4. There was nothing unusual about the surface that Tom could see. – Gold in the Sky by Alan Edward Nourse
  5. We both thought there was more to it than appeared on the surface. – Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore by Pauline Lester
  6. I want what's on the surface. – Dawn by Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  7. To be sure, it was so small that we generally passed and repassed its beautiful surface at least thirty times in an hour. – The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52 by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
  8. When he rose to the surface, the red light was far above him, and below no other light was in sight. – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  9. The sun already declined to the surface of the sea. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  10. The business of this factory is extended over a large surface of country. – The History of Louisville, from the Earliest Settlement till the Year 1852 by Ben Casseday
  11. Staines got to the top of it with some difficulty, and examined the surface all over. – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  12. The surface appeared scarcely eight feet beneath the floor of the bridge. – The New Boy at Hilltop by Ralph Henry Barbour
  13. The surface was smooth and hard, and Deering imagined if one slipped one would not stop until one reached the valley. – Northwest! by Harold Bindloss
  14. He was one o' the best surface men at the lake, an' earnin' good money; layin' it away, too, an' that's more than a lot of 'em can say. – Loaded Dice by Ellery H. Clark
  15. Danny's head broke surface. – My Shipmate--Columbus by Stephen Wilder
  16. A moment later some dark object came to the surface and a white face seemed to look up into his, but only for a second, and then the restless flood bore it swiftly away. – The Just and the Unjust by Vaughan Kester
  17. Do you see those fine lines on the surface of the stone? – Frank Merriwell's Chums by Burt L. Standish
  18. As a rule they were of a single piece, the great extent of surface, sometimes as much as ten or eleven square yards, notwithstanding. – A History of Art in Chaldæa & Assyria, v. 1 by Georges Perrot Charles Chipiez
  19. Learn that valuable habit, sir- and begin by looking below the surface of Me. – The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins
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