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Definition of 'surface'

Noun

  1. 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. 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. 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"
       Synonyms: Earth's surface
  4. a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something; "it was not what it appeared to be on the surface"
  5. information that has become public; "all the reports were out in the open"; "the facts had been brought to the surface"
       Synonyms: open
  6. a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
       Synonyms: airfoil aerofoil control surface

Verb

  1. come to the surface
       Synonyms: come up rise up rise
  2. put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface; "coat the cake with chocolate"
       Synonyms: coat
  3. appear or become visible; make a showing; "She turned up at the funeral"; "I hope the list key is going to surface again"
       Synonyms: come on come out turn up show up

Adjective

  1. on the surface; "surface materials of the moon"
       Antonyms: subsurface overhead
  2. involving a surface only; "her beauty is only skin-deep"; "superficial bruising"; "a surface wound"
       Synonyms: skin-deep superficial


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