Definitions for: Surface


[n] a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight
[n] 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"
[n] information that has become public; "all the reports were out in the open"; "the facts had been brought to the surface"
[n] a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something; "it was not what it appeared to be on the surface"
[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[adj] on the surface; "surface materials of the moon"
[v] appear or become visible; make a showing; "She turned up at the funeral"; "I hope the list key is going to surface again"
[v] put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface; "coat the cake with chocolate"
[v] come to the surface



Webster (1913) Definition: 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 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 (Zo["o]l.), the larva of the great yellow
underwing moth (Triph[oe]na 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.


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.

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

Synonyms: aboveground, aerofoil, airfoil, coat, come on, come out, come up, control surface, Earth's surface, grade, grade-constructed, ground-level, open, opencast, opencut, rise, rise up, show up, strip(a), turn up

Antonyms: overhead, subsurface

See Also: aileron, anodise, anodize, appear, artefact, artifact, ascend, aspect, blacktop, board, body of water, bonderise, bonderize, bound, boundary, bounds, brush on, bubble up, celestial sphere, cement, copper, cover, crumb, daub, device, dredge, egg, elevator, emerge, empyrean, encrust, end, enrobe, exterior, face, face, facet, finish, firmament, flap, flaps, floor, foliate, galvanise, galvanize, gameboard, gap, gelatinize, general knowledge, geosphere, glaze, go up, grit, ground, hard palate, heavens, horizontal stabiliser, horizontal stabilizer, horizontal surface, incrust, inside, interface, interior, intumesce, Klein bottle, layer, leading edge, level, lithosphere, macadamise, macadamize, metal, Mobius strip, opening, outside, paint, palate, patinate, patinise, patinize, pave, photosphere, plaster, plaster, plasterwork, plate, projection screen, public knowledge, refinish, resurface, resurface, roof of the mouth, rotary wing, rotor blade, rubber, rubberise, rubberize, rudder, screen, seal, side, side, silver screen, size, skim, skin, soot, spandrel, spandril, sphere, spoiler, stabilizer, stucco, superficies, swell, tailplane, tar, tarmac, trailing edge, varnish, vault of heaven, vertical surface, vertical tail, water, wave front, wavefront, welkin, well, wing, work surface

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