Surface

  • 1 surface — [ syrfas ] n. f. • 1611; superface 1521; lat. superficies → superficie; de sur et face 1 ♦ Partie extérieure (d un corps), qui le limite en tous sens. ⇒ face. La surface de la Terre, la surface terrestre. À la surface du sol. « une surface pure… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 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

  • 3 surface — [sʉr′fis] n. [Fr < sur (see SUR 1) + face,FACE, based on L superficies] 1. a) the outer face, or exterior, of an object b) any of the faces of a solid c) the area or extent of such a face …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 surface — 1610s, from Fr. surface outermost boundary of anything, outside part (16c.), from O.Fr. sur above + face (see FACE (Cf. face)). Patterned on L. superficies surface (see SUPERFICIAL (Cf. superficial)). The verb meaning come to the surface is first …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 surface — ► NOUN 1) the outside part or uppermost layer of something. 2) the upper limit of a body of liquid. 3) outward appearance as distinct from less obvious aspects. ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or occurring on the surface. 2) (of transportation) by sea …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 Surface — Sur face, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surfaced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Surfacing}.] 1. To give a surface to; especially, to cause to have a smooth or plain surface; to make smooth or plain. [1913 Webster] 2. To work over the surface or soil of, as ground, in …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 7 surface — [adj] external apparent, covering, depthless, exterior, facial, outer, outside, outward, shallow, shoal, superficial, top; concepts 485,583 Ant. central, core, inside, interior, middle surface [n] external part of something area, cover, covering …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 surface — Surface. subst. f. L exterieur, le dehors d un corps. Surface platte, unie, raboteuse. la surface de la terre …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 9 Surface — Sur face, v. i. 1. To rise from the depths of a liquid to the surface; as, the submarine surfaced to recharge its batteries. [PJC] 2. To become known or public; said of information. [PJC] 3. To show up, as a person who was in hiding; as, he… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 Surface — (fr., spr. Sürfahs), die Oberfläche …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 11 surface — index bare, cursory, dimension, emerge, issue (send forth), ostensible, side, superficial …

    Law dictionary

  • 12 Surface — This article discusses surfaces from the point of view of topology. For other uses, see Differential geometry of surfaces, algebraic surface, and Surface (disambiguation). An open surface with X , Y , and Z contours shown. In mathematics,… …

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  • 13 Surface — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Le mot « surface », du latin superficies désigne la partie apparente d un corps, puis une couche peu profonde[1]. Il est parfois utilisé pour… …

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  • 14 surface — (sur fa s ) s. f. 1°   Extérieur, dehors d un corps. Toute la surface du corps. •   Je ne crois pas qu on puisse blâmer ceux qui se servent indifféremment de superficie et de surface en toutes manières ; surface, comme plus nouveau, paraît… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 15 surface — sur|face1 W1S2 [ˈsə:fıs US ˈsə:r ] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(water/land)¦ 2¦(outside/top layer)¦ 3¦(person/situation etc)¦ 4¦(for working on)¦ 5¦(side of an object)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: sur ( SURCHARGE) + face face ] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 surface — I UK [ˈsɜː(r)fɪs] / US [ˈsɜrfəs] noun Word forms surface : singular surface plural surfaces *** 1) a) [countable] the top layer or outside part of something Wipe the surface with a damp cloth. a smooth/rough/hard surface Road surfaces are… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 surface — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ even, flat, level, smooth ▪ rough, uneven ▪ curved ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 surface — sur|face1 [ sɜrfəs ] noun *** 1. ) count the top layer or outside part of something: a smooth/rough/hard surface Road surfaces are slick from the icy rain. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth. a ) the top layer of water or land: We saw fish… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 surface — surfaceless, adj. surfacer, n. /serr fis/, n., adj., v., surfaced, surfacing. 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.… …

    Universalium

  • 20 surface — [[t]sɜ͟ː(r)fɪs[/t]] ♦♦ surfaces, surfacing, surfaced 1) N COUNT: usu with supp The surface of something is the flat top part of it or the outside of it. Ozone forms a protective layer between 12 and 30 miles above the Earth s surface. ...tiny… …

    English dictionary


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