surface: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (sr'fis), [key]
? n., adj., v., -faced, -fac•ing.
- the outer face, outside, or exterior boundary of a thing; outermost or uppermost layer or area.
- any face of a body or thing: the six surfaces of a cube.
- extent or area of outer face; superficial area.
- the outward appearance, esp. as distinguished from the inner nature: to look below the surface of a matter.
- any figure having only two dimensions; part or all of the boundary of a solid.
- land or sea transportation, rather than air, underground, or undersea transportation.
- an airfoil.
- of, on, or pertaining to the surface; external.
- apparent rather than real; superficial: to be guilty of surface judgments.
- of, pertaining to, or via land or sea: surface mail.
- belonging to a late stage in the transformational derivation of a sentence; belonging to the surface structure.
- to finish the surface of; give a particular kind of surface to; make even or smooth.
- to bring to the surface; cause to appear openly: Depth charges surfaced the sub. So far we've surfaced no applicants.
- to rise to the surface: The submarine surfaced after four days.
- to work on or at the surface.
- surface (Thesaurus)