What does surf mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surf, breaker, breakersverb

    waves breaking on the shore

  2. surfboard, surfverb

    ride the waves of the sea with a surfboard

    "Californians love to surf"

  3. browse, surfverb

    look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular

    "browse a computer directory"; "surf the internet or the world wide web"

  4. surf, channel-surfverb

    switch channels, on television


  1. surfnoun

    Waves that break on an ocean shoreline.

  2. surfnoun

    The bottom of a drain.

  3. surfverb

    To ride a wave, usually on a surfboard.

  4. surfverb

    To browse the Internet.

  5. Etymology: Maybe suffe, of uncertain origin.


  1. surf

    Surf is the wave activity in the area between the shoreline and outer limit of breakers. It commonly refers to the act of riding these waves with a surfboard, which can be either lying down, kneeling, or standing up. Surf can also refer to the conditions or quality of the waves, as in "good surf" or "bad surf".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surfnoun

    the swell of the sea which breaks upon the shore, esp. upon a sloping beach

  2. Surfnoun

    the bottom of a drain

  3. Etymology: [Formerly spelled suffe, and probably the same word as E. sough.]


  1. Surf

    Surf is the name of a brand of laundry detergent made by Unilever and sold in the India, Ireland, South Africa and many other countries. In the United States the Surf product line is owned by Sun Products. The brand Omo was used when it was introduced in Australia and New Zealand but in Australia, Surf as well as Omo are sold and they are both top- selling laundry detergents in Australia. Surf was introduced in 1959 after Rinso, formerly Lever's best selling detergent brand, had declined in both sales and market share. Formulations of the detergent and the market segment targeted vary by region; in some countries Unilever also markets Persil detergent.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Surf

    surf, n. the foam made by the dashing of waves.—ns. Surf′-bird, a plover-like bird found on the Pacific coasts of North and South America, akin to sandpipers and turnstones, and sometimes called Boreal sandpiper and Plover-billed turnstone; Surf′-duck, the scoter (q.v.); Surf′man, one skilful in handling boats in surf.—adj. Surf′y. [Skeat explains the r as intrusive, and suggests that suffe is the same as 'sough of the sea,' M. E. swough, swoughen, swowen—A.S. swógan, to make a rushing sound.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. surf

    [from the ‘surf’ idiom for rapidly flipping TV channels] To traverse the Internet in search of interesting stuff, used esp. if one is doing so with a World Wide Web browser. It is also common to speak of surfing in to a particular resource.Hackers adopted this term early, but many have stopped using it since it went completely mainstream around 1995. The passive, couch-potato connotations that go with TV channel surfing were never pleasant, and hearing non-hackers wax enthusiastic about “surfing the net” tends to make hackers feel a bit as though their home is being overrun by ignorami.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. surf

    The swell and foam of the sea, which breaks upon the shore, or any rock lying near the surface. The most violent surfs are those which break upon a flat shore, as on the Coromandel and African coasts.

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  2. SURF

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surf in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surf in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of surf in a Sentence

  1. Harbor Director Eric Endersby:

    It's a horrible accident, fortunately, the weather and wind has ruined the surf, so there are not many surfers, but we've closed the waters for safety.

  2. Kirby Wright:

    Bone-white driftwood maroons on the sand. Dunes wall in the strand. An island offshore is an overturned teacup. The gulls have abandoned the sea for the roof of the Surf Club.

  3. Ron DeSantis:

    Floridians should not have to give up their most intimate information to use a mobile device, surf the internet, or connect with friends and family on social media. The status quo has been a one-way street with Big Tech, and we ca n’t let it go on any longer.

  4. Matt Friedlein:

    On days with high surf and potential for dangerous currents, a simple rule the National Weather Service stresses is to' stay dry when waves are high'.

  5. Luke Hemsworth:

    I really miss Australia. I miss eating fish ‘n chips, oh my God, and Australian pies and the wonderful corner shops. I miss good surf where there are three or four people, as opposed to LA where there’s 30 or 40. I see living here for now as a means to an end. It’s a time in our life where we have to live here and hopefully we’ll shift back to Australia, but we’re not locked in either way. Maybe it’s to my detriment but I’ve never looked further ahead than a year and a half. But the girls have had have a wonderful upbringing in terms of being able to move around. Their passports are hilarious in terms of where they’ve been, the older ones are holding onto their Australian accents but my youngest daughter in particular is very American. She’s really entrenched and I actually find it really hilarious, really cute.

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