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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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface; "coat the cake with chocolate" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. appear or become visible; make a showing; "She turned up at the funeral"; "I hope the list key is going to surface again" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. come to the surface Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. information that has become public; "all the reports were out in the open"; "the facts had been brought to the surface" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. involving a surface only; "her beauty is only skin-deep"; "superficial bruising"; "a surface wound" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something; "it was not what it appeared to be on the surface" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. on the surface; "surface materials of the moon" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  12. A small plane or surface, usually capable of adjustment but not of manipulation, for preserving lateral balance in an aeroplane or flying machine. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. Hence, outward or external appearance. Newage Dictionary DB
  15. A magnitude that has length and breadth without thickness; superficies; as, a plane surface; a spherical surface. Newage Dictionary DB
  16. That part of the side which is terminated by the flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion. Newage Dictionary DB
  17. To give a surface to; especially, to cause to have a smooth or plain surface; to make smooth or plain. Newage Dictionary DB
  18. To work over the surface or soil of, as ground, in hunting for gold. Newage Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  20. The exterior part of anything. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. Outside; outer face. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. The outside of anything. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Geom. That which has length and breadth, but not thickness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Outside; on the surface merely. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  25. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; a superficies; a magnitude that has length and breadth without thickness. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. To put a surface on. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. The upper face or side of a thing; the outside; the upper stratum of the soil; that which has length and breadth only. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  28. To rise from the depths of a liquid to the surface; as, the submarine surfaced to recharge its batteries. dictgcide_fs
  29. To become known or public; said of information. dictgcide_fs
  30. To show up, as a person who was in hiding; as, he absconded with the payroll and surfaced in Argentina. dictgcide_fs
  31. sur'f[=a]s, n. the exterior part of anything.--adj. SUR'FACED, having a surface.--ns. SUR'FACEMAN, a miner employed in open-air working: a workman employed in keeping a railway-bed in repair; SUR'FACE-PRINT'ING, printing from a relief surface, as cotton-cloth; SUR'FACER, one who, or that which, smooths or levels a surface; SUR'FACE-TEN'SION, in liquids, that property in virtue of which a liquid surface behaves as if it were a stretched elastic membrane--say a sheet of india-rubber; SUR'FACE-WA'TER, drainage-water; SUR'FACING, the act of giving a certain surface to anything. [Fr., from sur--L. super, and face--L. facies.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  32. The outside of a body, (any of) the limits that terminate a solid, outward aspect of material or immaterial thing, what is apprehended of something upon a casual view or consideration, (has a smooth, uneven, s.; presents a large s. to view; its upper s. is as cold as ice; looks only at the s. of men& things; his politeness is only of or on the s.; one never gets below the s. with him), (attrib.) of the s. only (s. plausibility, impressions, &c.); (Geom.) that which has length& breadth but no thickness (plane s., that contains the whole of the straight line connecting any two points in it; curved s., that may be so cut by a plane through any point in it that the line of section shall be a curve; developable s., that may be unfolded into a plane without doubling or separation of parts, e.g. s. of cone or cylinder); s.-colour, used in s.-printing, printing from raised s. as with ordinary type or woodcuts& not from incised lines; s.-man, keeping permanent way of railway in order; s.-tension, tension of a liquid causing it to act as an elastic enveloping membrane seen in drop or bubble; s.-water, that collects on& runs off from s. of ground &c.; hence -surfaced a. (Vb) put fine or special s. on (paper &c.). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  33. The outside or limiting part of a solid body; hence the face or one of the faces of a body. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  34. n. [French] The exterior part of any thing that has length and breadth: superficies; outside;-hence, outward or external appearance;- a magnitude that has length and breadth without thickness. Cabinet Dictionary

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