See also: surfacé
surface (plural surfaces)
- The overside or up-side of a flat object such as a table, or of a liquid.
1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess:
- A very neat old woman, still in her good outdoor coat and best beehive hat, was sitting at a polished mahogany table on whose surface there were several scored scratches so deep that a triangular piece of the veneer had come cleanly away, […].
- The outside hull of a tangible object.
2013 May 11, “The climate of Tibet: Pole-land”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8835, page 80:
- Of all the transitions brought about on the Earth’s surface by temperature change, the melting of ice into water is the starkest. It is binary. And for the land beneath, the air above and the life around, it changes everything.
- (figuratively) Outward or external appearance.
- On the surface, the spy looked like a typical businessman.
- Vicesimus Knox (1752-1821)
- Vain and weak understandings, which penetrate no deeper than the surface.
- 1907, Robert W. Chambers, chapter IX, The Younger Set:
- “A tight little craft,” was Austin’s invariable comment on the matron; and she looked it, always trim and trig and smooth of surface like a converted yacht cleared for action. ¶ Near her wandered her husband, orientally bland, invariably affable, […].
- (mathematics, geometry) The locus of an equation (especially one with exactly two degrees of freedom) in a more-than-two-dimensional space.
- (fortification) That part of the side which is terminated by the flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Stocqueler to this entry?)
up-side of a flat object
- (transitive) To provide something with a surface.
- (transitive) To apply a surface to something.
- (intransitive) To rise to the surface.
- (intransitive) To come out of hiding.
- (intransitive) For information or facts to become known.
- (intransitive) To work a mine near the surface.
- (intransitive) To appear or be found.
to rise to the surface
for information to become known
surface f (plural surfaces)