[sur.face] n [F, fr. sur- + face face, fr. OF--more at face] (ca. 1604) 1: the exterior or upper boundary of an object or body
2: a plane or curved two-dimensional locus of points (as the boundary of a three-dimensional region) "plane ~" "~ of a sphere" 3 a: the external or superficial aspect of something b: an external part or layer -- on the surface : to all outward appearances
surface adj (1664) 1 a: of, located on, or designed for use at the surface of something b: situated, transported, or employed on the surface of the earth "~ mail" "~ vehicles"
2: appearing to be such on the surface only: superficial "~ friendships" surface vb sur.faced ; sur.fac.ing vt (1778) 1: to give a surface to: as a: to plane or make smooth b: to apply the surface layer to "~ a highway"
2: to bring to the surface ~ vi 1: to work on or at the surface
2: to come to the surface
3: to come into public view: show up -- sur.fac.er n