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surface

  

      n  
1   
a    the exterior face of an object or one such face  
b    (as modifier)  
surface gloss     
2   
a    the area or size of such a face  
b    (as modifier)  
surface measurements     
3    material resembling such a face, with length and width but without depth  
4   
a    the superficial appearance as opposed to the real nature  
b    (as modifier)  
a surface resemblance     
5      (Geometry)  
a    the complete boundary of a solid figure  
b    a continuous two-dimensional configuration  
6   
a    the uppermost level of the land or sea  
b    (as modifier)  
surface transportation     
7    come to the surface   to emerge; become apparent  
8    on the surface          to all appearances  
      vb  
9    to rise or cause to rise to or as if to the surface (of water, etc.)  
10    tr   to treat the surface of, as by polishing, smoothing, etc.  
11    tr   to furnish with a surface  
12    intr     (Mining)  
a    to work at or near the ground surface  
b    to wash surface ore deposits  
13    intr   to become apparent; emerge  
14    intr  
Informal  
a    to wake up  
b    to get up  
     (C17: from French, from sur on + face face, probably on the model of Latin superficies)  
  surfaceless      adj  
  surfacer      n  
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surface

  

      n  
1    covering, exterior, façade, face, facet, outside, plane, side, skin, superficies     (rare)   top, veneer  
2    on the surface      apparently, at first glance, ostensibly, outwardly, seemingly, superficially, to all appearances, to the casual eye  
      adj  
3    apparent, exterior, external, outward, superficial  
      vb  
4    appear, come to light, come up, crop up     (informal)   emerge, materialize, rise, transpire  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
adj.
Of, relating to, or occurring on or near the surface of the earth. Eg.: a surficial geologic deposit.
surf(ace) + (superf)icial
n.
The specular reflection of light from the surface of an eye in a photograph visible as a bright white spot on the eye.
The separate lights of the studio flash kit should be positioned so that the portrait exhibits only one catchlight per eye.
n.
the diametrically opposite point on Earth's surface for a specific place
n.
a column of air whirling around and towards a more or less vertical axis of low pressure, which moves along the land or ocean surface
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