/ˈsɜfəs / (say 'serfuhs)

1. the outer face, or outside, of a thing.
2. any face of a body or thing: the six surfaces of a cube.
3. extent or area of outer face; superficial area.
4. the outward appearance, especially as distinguished from the inner nature: to look below the surface of a matter.
5. Geometry any figure having only two dimensions; part or all of the boundary of a solid.
6. Aeronautics an aerofoil.
7. of, on, or relating to the surface.
8. superficial; external; apparent, rather than real.
9. of, on, or relating to land and/or sea: surface travel.
verb (surfaced, surfacing)
verb (t)
a. to finish the treatment of (a surface) as by sanding, polishing, etc.: I have only to surface the table now.
b. to give a particular kind of surface to, as by applying a decorative laminate.
verb (i)
11. to rise to the surface.
12. Colloquial
a. to wake up.
b. to emerge at the end of a period of activity elsewhere.
c. to appear in public, as arriving at one's job.
13. Mining
a. to wash surface deposits of ore.
b. to mine at or near the surface.
14. to work on or at the surface.
15. below the surface, in one's deeper nature; beyond one's public persona.
16. on the surface, to all appearances.
17. scratch the surface, to go beyond superficial appearances to a deeper reality or truth.
{French, from sur- sur-1 + face face. Compare superficies}
surfacer, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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  • surface — [ syrfas ] n. f. • 1611; superface 1521; lat. superficies → superficie; de sur et face 1 ♦ Partie extérieure (d un corps), qui le limite en tous sens. ⇒ face. La surface de la Terre, la surface terrestre. À la surface du sol. « une surface pure… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Surface — Sur face , n. [F. See {Sur }, and {Face}, and cf. {Superficial}.] 1. 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surface — [sʉr′fis] n. [Fr < sur (see SUR 1) + face,FACE, based on L superficies] 1. a) the outer face, or exterior, of an object b) any of the faces of a solid c) the area or extent of such a face …   English World dictionary

  • surface — 1610s, from Fr. surface outermost boundary of anything, outside part (16c.), from O.Fr. sur above + face (see FACE (Cf. face)). Patterned on L. superficies surface (see SUPERFICIAL (Cf. superficial)). The verb meaning come to the surface is first …   Etymology dictionary

  • surface — ► NOUN 1) the outside part or uppermost layer of something. 2) the upper limit of a body of liquid. 3) outward appearance as distinct from less obvious aspects. ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or occurring on the surface. 2) (of transportation) by sea …   English terms dictionary

  • Surface — Sur face, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surfaced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Surfacing}.] 1. To give a surface to; especially, to cause to have a smooth or plain surface; to make smooth or plain. [1913 Webster] 2. To work over the surface or soil of, as ground, in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • surface — Surface. subst. f. L exterieur, le dehors d un corps. Surface platte, unie, raboteuse. la surface de la terre …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Surface — Sur face, v. i. 1. To rise from the depths of a liquid to the surface; as, the submarine surfaced to recharge its batteries. [PJC] 2. To become known or public; said of information. [PJC] 3. To show up, as a person who was in hiding; as, he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • surface — index bare, cursory, dimension, emerge, issue (send forth), ostensible, side, superficial …   Law dictionary

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