see also: Surface
  • (British) IPA: /ˈsɜːfɪs/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈsɝːfəs/

surface (plural surfaces)

  1. The overside or up-side of a flat object such as a table, or of a liquid.
  2. The outside hull of a tangible object.
  3. (figurative) Outward or external appearance.
    On the surface, the spy looked like a typical businessman.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter IX, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, […].
  4. (mathematics, geometry) The locus of an equation (especially one with exactly two degrees of freedom) in a more-than-two-dimensional space.
  5. (fortification) That part of the side which is terminated by the flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion.
Synonyms Related terms Translations Verb

surface (surfaces, present participle surfacing; past and past participle surfaced)

  1. (transitive) To provide something with a surface.
  2. (transitive) To apply a surface to something.
  3. (intransitive) To rise to the surface.
  4. (transitive) To bring to the surface.
    • 2007, Patrick Valentine, The Sage of Aquarius (page 182)
      Sage went immediately to work; Damien surfaced the submarine and readied the group to meet outside the hatch.
  5. (intransitive) To come out of hiding.
  6. (intransitive) For information or facts to become known.
  7. (transitive) To make information or facts known.
  8. (intransitive) To work a mine near the surface.
  9. (intransitive) To appear or be found.
Translations Translations
  • French: faire surface
  • German: publik werden, ans Licht kommen
  • Italian: venire a galla, emergere
  • Russian: всплыва́ть

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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