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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. A magnitude that has length and breadth without thickness; superficies; as, a plane surface; a spherical surface.
  16. That part of the side which is terminated by the flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion.
  17. To give a surface to; especially, to cause to have a smooth or plain surface; to make smooth or plain.
  18. To work over the surface or soil of, as ground, in hunting for gold.
  19. 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.
  20. The exterior part of anything.
  21. Outside; outer face.
  22. The outside of anything.
  23. Geom. That which has length and breadth, but not thickness.
  24. Outside; on the surface merely.
  25. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; a superficies; a magnitude that has length and breadth without thickness.
  26. To put a surface on.
  27. 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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Quotes of surface

  1. Land: A part of the earth's surface considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society, and is eminently worthy of the superstructure. – Ambrose Bierce
  2. I don't think you get to good writing unless you expose yourself and your feelings. Deep songs don't come from the surface they come from the deep down. The poetry and the songs that you are suppose to write, I believe are in your heart. – Judy Collins
  3. A man may lack everything but tact and conviction and still be a forcible speaker; but without these nothing will avail... Fluency, grace, logical order, and the like, are merely the decorative surface of oratory. – Charles Horton Cooley
  4. Every artist undresses his subject, whether human or still life. It is his business to find essences in surfaces, and what more attractive and challenging surface than the skin around a soul? – Richard Corliss
  5. I'm lucky enough that directors sometimes seek me out for little projects that people don't even know about, that just surface later on. – Laura Dern
  6. Fish die belly upward, and rise to the surface Its their way of falling. – Andre Gide
  7. My book has a very simple surface but there are layers of irony and paradox all the way through it. – Mark Haddon
  8. Well, actually I don't care what surface I'm playing on. – Daniela Hantuchova
  9. One must be entirely sensitive to the structure of the material that one is handling. One must yield to it in tiny details of execution, perhaps the handling of the surface or grain, and one must master it as a whole. – Barbara Hepworth
  10. Sometimes I enjoy just photographing the surface because I think it can be as revealing as going to the heart of the matter. – Annie Leibovitz
  11. In the shallow parts of many Swiss lakes, where there is a depth of no more than from 5 to 15 feet of water, ancient wooden piles are observed at the bottom sometimes worn down to the surface of the mud, sometimes projecting slightly above it. – Charles Lyell
  12. While you are experimenting, do not remain content with the surface of things. – Ivan Pavlov
  13. Though the artist must remain master of his craft, the surface at times raised to the highest pitch of loveliness, should transmit to the beholder the sensation which possessed the artist. – Alfred Sisley
  14. We have learnt through experience that when an electrical ray strikes the surface of an atom, an electron, and in some circumstances a second and even a third electron, can be detached. – Johannes Stark
  15. And learn that when you do make a mistake, you'll surface that mistake so you can get it corrected, rather than trying to hide it and bury it, and it becomes a much bigger mistake, and maybe a fatal mistake. – Sanford I. Weill

Usage examples for surface

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. We both thought there was more to it than appeared on the surface – Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore by Pauline Lester
  4. It flew along over the surface but appeared unable to rise. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  5. I want what's on the surface – Dawn by Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  6. Staines got to the top of it with some difficulty, and examined the surface all over. – A Simpleton by Charles Reade
  7. Learn that valuable habit, sir- and begin by looking below the surface of Me. – The Guilty River by Wilkie Collins
  8. Then she fell forward upon the bed, for all the surface of her glass was grown blank: never could she hope to look upon her own face again. – Moonshine & Clover by Laurence Housman
  9. Do you see those fine lines on the surface of the stone? – Frank Merriwell's Chums by Burt L. Standish
  10. 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
  11. On the surface it is all well. – Prisoners of Poverty Abroad by Helen Campbell
  12. The surface appeared scarcely eight feet beneath the floor of the bridge. – The New Boy at Hilltop by Ralph Henry Barbour
  13. The sun already declined to the surface of the sea. – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. Danny's head broke surface – My Shipmate--Columbus by Stephen Wilder
  17. There was nothing unusual about the surface that Tom could see. – Gold in the Sky by Alan Edward Nourse
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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

Rhymes for surface

  • resurface;