Surface condensation
Surface Sur"face`, n. [F. See {Sur-}, and {Face}, and cf. {Superficial}.] 1. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; one of the limits that bound a solid, esp. the upper face; superficies; the outside; as, the surface of the earth; the surface of a diamond; the surface of the body. [1913 Webster]

The bright surface of this ethereous mold. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, outward or external appearance. [1913 Webster]

Vain and weak understandings, which penetrate no deeper than the surface. --V. Knox. [1913 Webster]

3. (Geom.) A magnitude that has length and breadth without thickness; superficies; as, a plane surface; a spherical surface. [1913 Webster]

4. (Fort.) That part of the side which is terminated by the flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion. --Stocqueler. [1913 Webster]

{Caustic surface}, {Heating surface}, etc. See under {Caustic}, {Heating}, etc.

{Surface condensation}, {Surface condenser}. See under {Condensation}, and {Condenser}.

{Surface gauge} (Mach.), an instrument consisting of a standard having a flat base and carrying an adjustable pointer, for gauging the evenness of a surface or its height, or for marking a line parallel with a surface.

{Surface grub} (Zo["o]l.), the larva of the great yellow underwing moth ({Triph[oe]na pronuba}). It is often destructive to the roots of grasses and other plants.

{Surface plate} (Mach.), a plate having an accurately dressed flat surface, used as a standard of flatness by which to test other surfaces.

{Surface printing}, printing from a surface in relief, as from type, in distinction from plate printing, in which the ink is contained in engraved lines. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Surface condensation — Condensation Con den*sa tion, n. [L. condensatio: cf. F. condensation.] 1. The act or process of condensing or of being condensed; the state of being condensed. [1913 Webster] He [Goldsmith] was a great and perhaps an unequaled master of the arts …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Surface — Sur face , n. [F. See {Sur }, and {Face}, and cf. {Superficial}.] 1. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; one of the limits that bound a solid, esp. the upper face; superficies; the outside; as, the surface of the earth; the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Surface condenser — Surface Sur face , n. [F. See {Sur }, and {Face}, and cf. {Superficial}.] 1. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; one of the limits that bound a solid, esp. the upper face; superficies; the outside; as, the surface of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Surface gauge — Surface Sur face , n. [F. See {Sur }, and {Face}, and cf. {Superficial}.] 1. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; one of the limits that bound a solid, esp. the upper face; superficies; the outside; as, the surface of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Surface grub — Surface Sur face , n. [F. See {Sur }, and {Face}, and cf. {Superficial}.] 1. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; one of the limits that bound a solid, esp. the upper face; superficies; the outside; as, the surface of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Surface plate — Surface Sur face , n. [F. See {Sur }, and {Face}, and cf. {Superficial}.] 1. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; one of the limits that bound a solid, esp. the upper face; superficies; the outside; as, the surface of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Surface printing — Surface Sur face , n. [F. See {Sur }, and {Face}, and cf. {Superficial}.] 1. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; one of the limits that bound a solid, esp. the upper face; superficies; the outside; as, the surface of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Condensation — Con den*sa tion, n. [L. condensatio: cf. F. condensation.] 1. The act or process of condensing or of being condensed; the state of being condensed. [1913 Webster] He [Goldsmith] was a great and perhaps an unequaled master of the arts of selection …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Condensation product — Condensation Con den*sa tion, n. [L. condensatio: cf. F. condensation.] 1. The act or process of condensing or of being condensed; the state of being condensed. [1913 Webster] He [Goldsmith] was a great and perhaps an unequaled master of the arts …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • condensation — condensational, adj. condensative, adj. /kon den say sheuhn, deuhn /, n. 1. the act of condensing; the state of being condensed. 2. the result of being made more compact or dense. 3. reduction of a book, speech, statement, or the like, to a… …   Universalium

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