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surface mail (uncountable)

  1. Mail which is transported by motor vehicle, by railway, or by seacraft, but not by aircraft.
    • 1971 Oct. 8, "‘Mail early’ message sent," The Montreal Gazette, p. 12 (retrieved 29 March 2013):
      All Christmas cards for overseas delivery must be sealed and may travel either by surface mail at an eight-cent rate or by air mail at 12 cents.
    • 1981 September 16, "Around the World: Israeli-Egyptian Talks On Links Near an End," New York Times (retrieved 22 March 2013):
      [M]embers of the joint committee on communications also decided to improve postal service between Israel and Egypt to include surface mail in addition to air mail deliveries.