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a    the exterior face of an object or one such face  
b    (as modifier)  
surface gloss     
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  
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  
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  
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  
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  

aspherical surface  
      n     (Photog)   a lens or mirror surface that does not form part of a sphere and is used to reduce aberrations  
control surface  
      n   a movable surface, such as a rudder, elevator, aileron, etc., that controls an aircraft or rocket  
surface acoustic wave  
      n   an acoustic wave generated on the surface of a piezoelectric substrate: used as a filter in electronic circuits  
      adj   (of a substance, esp. a detergent) capable of lowering the surface tension of a liquid, usually water  
   See also       surfactant  
surface condenser  
      n   a steam condenser usually associated with a steam turbine in which the steam is condensed on the surface of tubes through which water is passed  
   Compare       jet condenser  
surface friction drag  
      n   the part of the drag on a body moving through a fluid that is dependent on the nature of the surface of the body,   (Also called)    skin friction  
surface mail  
      n   mail transported by land or sea  
   Compare       airmail  
surface noise  
      n   noise produced by the friction of the needle or stylus of a record player with the rotating record, caused by a static charge, dust, or irregularities on the surface of a record  
surface plate  
      n      another name for       faceplate       2  
surface structure  
      n     (Generative grammar)   a representation of a string of words or morphemes as they occur in a sentence, together with labels and brackets that represent syntactic structure  
   Compare       deep structure  
surface tension  
1    a property of liquids caused by intermolecular forces near the surface leading to the apparent presence of a surface film and to capillarity, etc.  
2    a measure of this property expressed as the force acting normal to one side of a line of unit length on the surface: measured in newtons per metre.,   (Symbol)    T   γ, σ  
      adj   of or relating to a missile launched from the surface of the earth against airborne targets  
      adj   of or relating to a missile launched from the surface of the earth against surface targets  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  



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  
3    apparent, exterior, external, outward, superficial  
4    appear, come to light, come up, crop up     (informal)   emerge, materialize, rise, transpire  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
Of, relating to, or occurring on or near the surface of the earth. Eg.: a surficial geologic deposit.
surf(ace) + (superf)icial
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
the diametrically opposite point on Earth's surface for a specific place
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.
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