Cite
 

Meaning of surface

sur•face

Pronunciation: (sûr'fis), [key]
— n., adj., v., -faced, -fac•ing.
—n.
  1. the outer face, outside, or exterior boundary of a thing; outermost or uppermost layer or area.
  2. any face of a body or thing: the six surfaces of a cube.
  3. extent or area of outer face; superficial area.
  4. the outward appearance, esp. as distinguished from the inner nature: to look below the surface of a matter.
  5. any figure having only two dimensions; part or all of the boundary of a solid.
  6. land or sea transportation, rather than air, underground, or undersea transportation.
  7. an airfoil.
—adj.
  1. of, on, or pertaining to the surface; external.
  2. apparent rather than real; superficial: to be guilty of surface judgments.
  3. of, pertaining to, or via land or sea: surface mail.
  4. belonging to a late stage in the transformational derivation of a sentence; belonging to the surface structure.
—v.t.
  1. to finish the surface of; give a particular kind of surface to; make even or smooth.
  2. to bring to the surface; cause to appear openly: Depth charges surfaced the sub. So far we've surfaced no applicants.
—v.i.
  1. to rise to the surface: The submarine surfaced after four days.
  2. to work on or at the surface.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
See also: