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Meaning of surface by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French surface .


    • IPA: /sɜːfəs/


    A computer-generated representation of a surface

    surface ( plural: surfaces )

    1. The up-side of a flat object such as a table, or of a liquid .
    2. The outside hull of a tangible object .
    3. ( mathematics ) ( geometry ) The locus of an equation ( especially one with exactly two degrees of freedom ) in a more-than-two-dimensional space .


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Explanation of surface by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. appear or become visible

    2. I hope the list key is going to surface again
    3. put a coat on

    4. come to the surface

    1. on the surface

    2. surface materials of the moon
    1. a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air

    2. the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary

    3. there is a special cleaner for these surfaces
      the cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface
    4. information that has become public

    5. the facts had been brought to the surface
    6. a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something

    7. it was not what it appeared to be on the surface
    8. the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object

    9. they skimmed over the surface of the water
      a brush small enough to clean every dental surface
      the sun has no distinct surface
    10. the outermost level of the land or sea

    11. earthquakes originate far below the surface
      three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water

    Definition of surface by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Surface 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 surface of a diamond; the surface of the body”.

      The bright surface of this ethereous mold. Milton.

      2. Hence, outward or external appearance.

      Vain and weak understandings, which penetrate no deeper than the surface. V. Knox.

      3. ( Geom. ) A magnitude that has length and breadth without thickness; superficies; as, “a plane surface; a spherical surface”.

      4. ( Fort. ) That part of the side which is terminated by the flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion. Stocqueler.

      Caustic surface, Heating surface, etc. See under Caustic, Heating, etc. -- Surface condensation, Surface condenser. See under Condensation, and Condenser. -- Surface gauge ( Mach. ), an instrument consisting of a standard having a flat base and carrying an adjustable pointer, for gauging the evenness of a surface or its height, or for marking a line parallel with a surface. -- Surface grub ( Zool. ), the larva of the great yellow underwing moth ( Triphoena pronuba ). It is often destructive to the roots of grasses and other plants. -- Surface plate ( Mach. ), a plate having an accurately dressed flat surface, used as a standard of flatness by which to test other surfaces. -- Surface printing, printing from a surface in relief, as from type, in distinction from plate printing, in which the ink is contained in engraved lines.

    2. Surface 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.

      2. To work over the surface or soil of, as ground, in hunting for gold.

    3. Surface v. i.
      1. To rise from the depths of a liquid to the surface; as, “the submarine surfaced to recharge its batteries”.

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

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