Definition of Surface

1. Noun. The outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary. "The cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface"

2. Verb. Come to the surface.
Exact synonyms: Come Up, Rise, Rise Up
Generic synonyms: Ascend, Go Up
Specialized synonyms: Emerge, Resurface, Bubble Up, Intumesce, Swell, Well
Derivative terms: Rise, Surfacing

3. Adjective. On the surface. "Surface materials of the moon"

4. Noun. The extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object. "The sun has no distinct surface"

5. Verb. Put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface. "The wind storms surface the area with dust and dirt"; "Coat the cake with chocolate"

6. Noun. The outermost level of the land or sea. "Three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water"
Exact synonyms: Earth's Surface
Generic synonyms: Layer
Terms within: Body Of Water, Water, Gap, Opening
Specialized synonyms: Floor, Floor
Group relationships: Geosphere, Lithosphere
Derivative terms: Surficial

7. Verb. Appear or become visible; make a showing. "I hope the list key is going to surface again"
Exact synonyms: Come On, Come Out, Show Up, Turn Up
Generic synonyms: Appear

8. Noun. A superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something. "It was not what it appeared to be on the surface"
Generic synonyms: Aspect, Facet

9. Noun. Information that has become public. "The facts had been brought to the surface"
Exact synonyms: Open
Generic synonyms: General Knowledge, Public Knowledge
Derivative terms: Open, Open

10. Noun. A device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight.

Definition of Surface

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To give a surface to; especially, to cause to have a smooth or plain surface; to make smooth or plain.

Definition of Surface

1. Noun. The up-side of a flat object such as a table, or of a liquid. ¹

2. Noun. The outside hull of a tangible object. ¹

3. Noun. (mathematics) (geometry) The locus of an equation (especially one with exactly two degrees of freedom) in a more-than-two-dimensional space. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To provide something with a surface. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To apply a surface to something. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To rise to the surface. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To come out of hiding. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive) For information or facts to become known. ¹

9. Verb. (intransitive) To work a mine near the surface. ¹

10. Verb. (intransitive) To appear or be found. ¹

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Definition of Surface

1. to apply an outer layer to [v -FACED, -FACING, -FACES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Surface

surf and turf
surf boat
surf boats
surf casting
surf fish
surf fishing
surf kayaking
surf lifesaving
surf rider
surf riders
surf riding
surf ski
surf skis
surface (current term)
surface-active agent
surface-conduction electron-emitter display
surface-conduction electron-emitter displays
surface-to-air missile
surface-to-air missile system
surface area
surface areas
surface boundary layer

Literary usage of Surface

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The only surface that can contain an area of parabolic points is a developable surface (see 16), ie, a surface developable upon a plane. 15. ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"This class has a surface displacement of about 300 tons and a submerged ... They made about 111 to 12 knots on the surface and 6 to 7J knots submerged. ..."

3. Elements of the Theory of the Newtonian Potential Function by Benjamin Osgood Peirce (1902)
"inner surface, and in this case the limit of -— may be consid- o, ... It is to be carefully noticed that the inner surface of a closed shell need not be ..."

4. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"A spherical or ellipsoidal surface is also simply connected, with this difference, that closed curves, if one obstacle (a small circle or ..."

5. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"Any steel upon which it is desired to apply a preservative coating should have its surface in such condition also that the coating will adhere well to it. ..."

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