adjective Etymology: surface + -icial (as in superficial) Date: 1892 of or relating to a surface <
surficial geologic processes

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  • surficial — [sər fish′əl] adj. Geol. of or having to do with the surface of the earth, surface deposits, etc …   English World dictionary

  • surficial — surficially, adv. /seuhr fish euhl/, adj. of or pertaining to a surface, esp. the land surface: a surficial geologic deposit. [1890 95; b. SURFACE and SUPERFICIAL] * * * …   Universalium

  • surficial — sur•fi•cial [[t]sərˈfɪʃ əl[/t]] adj. cvb gel of or pertaining to a surface, esp. the land surface: a surficial geologic deposit[/ex] • Etymology: 1890–95; sur (face) + (super) ficial sur•fi′cial•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • surficial — /sɜˈfɪʃəl/ (say ser fishuhl) adjective Geology of or relating to the surface of the earth: surficial lava flows …   Australian English dictionary

  • surficial — adjective Of or pertaining to the surface of something. Syn: superficial …   Wiktionary

  • surficial — adj. of or pertaining to a surface; of or occurring on the surface of the earth (Geology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • surficial — [sə fɪʃ(ə)l] adjective Geology relating to the earth s surface. Derivatives surficially adverb Origin C19: from surface, on the pattern of superficial …   English new terms dictionary

  • surficial — sur·fi·cial …   English syllables

  • surficial — adj. Geol. of or relating to the earth s surface. Derivatives: surficially adv. Etymology: SURFACE after superficial …   Useful english dictionary

  • Surficial aquifer — [ Broward County, Florida] Surficial aquifers are shallow aquifers typically less than 50 feet (15m), but thicknesses of about 60 feet have been mapped. Composition Surficial aquifers system consists mostly of beds of unconsolidated sand, cavity… …   Wikipedia

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