Meaning of SURFACE in English


Pronunciation: ' s ə r-f ə s

Function: noun

Etymology: French, from Middle French, from sur- + face face, from Old French ― more at FACE

Date: circa 1600

1 : the exterior or upper boundary of an object or body <on the surface of the water> <the earth's surface >

2 : a plane or curved two-dimensional locus of points (as the boundary of a three-dimensional region) <plane surface > < surface of a sphere>

3 a : the external or superficial aspect of something <trouble lurks below the surface > b : an external part or layer <sanded the rough surface s >

– on the surface : to all outward appearances

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.