Surface - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈsɜːrfɪs|  American pronunciation of the word surface
Brit.  |ˈsəːfɪs|  British pronunciation of the word surface


- the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
- the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object
- the outermost level of the land or sea
- a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something
- information that has become public(syn: open)
- a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight (syn: aerofoil, airfoil)


- come to the surface (syn: rise)
- put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface (syn: coat)
- appear or become visible; make a showing


- on the surface


The painting's surface is covered with fine cracks.

The bowl has a shiny surface.

The surface of wood was rough.

Be careful of icy surfaces on the roads.

Despite the surface differences between the two candidates, they are very similar in most ways.

...a surface stain on the wood that can easily be removed with a mild detergent...

The whale surfaced and then dove back down.

The information surfaced many years later.

After several years, the actress surfaced in a comedy.

The road needs to be surfaced again.

He looks at the surface only.

It's brought to the surface a much wider controversy.

The track is surfaced with cement.

The dispute soon surfaced in the press.

Dead leaves floated on the surface of the water.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: surface
he/she/it: surfaces
present participle: surfacing
past tense: surfaced
past participle: surfaced
singular: surface
plural: surfaces
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