Meaning of SURFACE in English

SURFACE

(~s, surfacing, ~d)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.

1.

The ~ 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 ~.

...tiny little waves on the ~ of the water...

Its total ~ area was seven thousand square feet.

N-COUNT: usu with supp

2.

A work ~ is a flat area, for example the top of a table, desk, or kitchen cupboard, on which you can work.

It can simply be left on the work ~...

N-COUNT: usu with supp

3.

When you refer to the ~ of a situation, you are talking about what can be seen easily rather than what is hidden or not immediately obvious.

Back in Britain, things appear, on the ~, simpler...

Social unrest, never far below the ~ in Brazil, has erupted over the last few days...

N-SING: usu the N

4.

Surface is used to describe the parts of the armed forces which travel by ship or by land rather than underwater or in the air.

In contrast with its ~ fleet, Britain’s submarine force was relatively small.

ADJ: ADJ n

5.

If someone or something under water ~s, they come up to the ~ of the water.

He ~d, gasping for air.

VERB: V

6.

When something such as a piece of news, a feeling, or a problem ~s, it becomes known or becomes obvious.

The paper says the evidence, when it ~s, is certain to cause uproar...

= emerge

VERB: V

7.

When someone ~s, they appear after not being seen for some time, for example because they have been asleep. (INFORMAL)

What time do you ~?

VERB: V

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