What does surface mean?

Definitions for surface
ˈsɜr fɪssur·face

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. surfacenoun

    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"

  2. surfacenoun

    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"

  3. surface, Earth's surfacenoun

    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"

  4. surfacenoun

    a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something

    "it was not what it appeared to be on the surface"

  5. open, surfacenoun

    information that has become public

    "all the reports were out in the open"; "the facts had been brought to the surface"

  6. airfoil, aerofoil, control surface, surfaceadjective

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

  7. surfaceverb

    on the surface

    "surface materials of the moon"

  8. surface, come up, rise up, riseverb

    come to the surface

  9. coat, surfaceverb

    put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface

    "coat the cake with chocolate"

  10. come on, come out, turn up, surface, show upverb

    appear or become visible; make a showing

    "She turned up at the funeral"; "I hope the list key is going to surface again"

GCIDE

  1. Surfaceverb

    To rise from the depths of a liquid to the surface; as, the submarine surfaced to recharge its batteries.

  2. Surfaceverb

    To become known or public; -- said of information.

  3. Surfaceverb

    To show up, as a person who was in hiding; as, he absconded with the payroll and surfaced in Argentina.

Wiktionary

  1. surfacenoun

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

  2. surfacenoun

    The outside hull of a tangible object.

  3. surfacenoun

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

  4. surfaceverb

    To provide something with a surface.

  5. surfaceverb

    To apply a surface to something.

  6. surfaceverb

    To rise to the surface.

  7. surfaceverb

    To come out of hiding.

  8. surfaceverb

    For information or facts to become known.

  9. surfaceverb

    To work a mine near the surface.

  10. surfaceverb

    To appear or be found.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Surfacenoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. See Sur-, and Face, and cf. Superficial.]

  2. Surfacenoun

    hence, outward or external appearance

    Etymology: [F. See Sur-, and Face, and cf. Superficial.]

  3. Surfacenoun

    a magnitude that has length and breadth without thickness; superficies; as, a plane surface; a spherical surface

    Etymology: [F. See Sur-, and Face, and cf. Superficial.]

  4. Surfacenoun

    that part of the side which is terminated by the flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion

    Etymology: [F. See Sur-, and Face, and cf. Superficial.]

  5. Surfaceverb

    to give a surface to; especially, to cause to have a smooth or plain surface; to make smooth or plain

    Etymology: [F. See Sur-, and Face, and cf. Superficial.]

  6. Surfaceverb

    to work over the surface or soil of, as ground, in hunting for gold

    Etymology: [F. See Sur-, and Face, and cf. Superficial.]

Freebase

  1. Surface

    In mathematics, specifically, in topology, a surface is a two-dimensional, topological manifold. The most familiar examples are those that arise as the boundaries of solid objects in ordinary three-dimensional Euclidean space R³ — for example, the surface of a ball. On the other hand, there are surfaces, such as the Klein bottle, that cannot be embedded in three-dimensional Euclidean space without introducing singularities or self-intersections. To say that a surface is "two-dimensional" means that, about each point, there is a coordinate patch on which a two-dimensional coordinate system is defined. For example, the surface of the Earth is a two-dimensional sphere, and latitude and longitude provide two-dimensional coordinates on it. The concept of surface finds application in physics, engineering, computer graphics, and many other disciplines, primarily in representing the surfaces of physical objects. For example, in analyzing the aerodynamic properties of an airplane, the central consideration is the flow of air along its surface.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Surface

    sur′fās, 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.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Surface

    A galvanic battery is arranged in surface when all the positive plates are connected together and all the negative plates are also connected. This makes it equivalent to one large cell, the surface of whose plates would be equal to the aggregate surface of the plates of the battery. It is also used as an adjective, as "a surface arrangement of battery."

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. surface

    In fortification, that part of the side which is terminated by the flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion; the double of this line with the curtain is equal to the exterior side.

Rap Dictionary

  1. surface

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Editors Contribution

  1. surface

    A type of material.

    The surface of the cooker was made of a variety of materials.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 27, 2020  
  2. surface

    An area or space.

    The surface of the desk was ample for them to work efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 14, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'surface' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1099

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'surface' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2831

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'surface' in Nouns Frequency: #431

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of surface in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of surface in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of surface in a Sentence

  1. Michael Moreau:

    Our first indication of whether we were successful in collecting a sample will come on October 21 when we downlink the back-away movie from the spacecraft, if TAG made a significant disturbance of the surface, we likely collected a lot of material.

  2. George Gaynes:

    It turned out he was basically a very kind and generous man, which he covered up with his surface gruffness and his surface blusteriness, we had a good time doing it.

  3. Mike Lindell:

    This was the one time we're going to have to do a little bit of a deeper dive here, on the surface you can't see where it happened. What I guarantee they've had to do in Alabama is the bad people... went deeper into the well. Very deep into the well of how they did the flips.

  4. Bwanika Joseph:

    The journey of life is not taking place on a flat surface, there is hills and valleys on roads

  5. Dathon Golish:

    Asteroid Bennu is rough and rocky, so if you look at it from a different angle or capture it at a time when the sun is not directly overhead, that dramatically changes what the surface looks like, these images were deliberately taken close to noon, with the Sun shining straight down, when there's not as many shadows.

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