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Definition 1: the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where surface or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there is a special cleaner for these surfaces
  • the cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface

(surface is a kind of ...) a man-made object taken as a whole

(... is a kind of surface ) a surface that is vertical

(... is a kind of surface ) the grooved surface of a pneumatic tire

(... is a kind of surface ) outer surface of an area or a body

(... is a kind of surface ) an approximately triangular surface area between two adjacent arches and the horizontal plane above them

(... is a kind of surface ) an outer surface (usually thin)

"the skin of an airplane"

(... is a kind of surface ) an extended outer surface of an object

"he turned the box over to examine the bottom side" "they painted all four sides of the house"

(... is a kind of surface ) a white or silvered surface where pictures can be projected for viewing

(... is a kind of surface ) a surface of hardened plaster (as on a wall or ceiling)

"there were cracks in the plaster"

(... is a kind of surface ) a continuous closed surface with only one side; formed from a rectangular strip by rotating one end 180 degrees and joining it with the other end

(... is a kind of surface ) the surface of a beveled end of a piece where a miter joint is made

"he covered the miter with glue before making the joint"

(... is a kind of surface ) (physics) the curved upper surface of a nonturbulent liquid in a vertical tube

(... is a kind of surface ) a closed surface with only one side; formed by passing one end of a tube through the side of the tube and joining it with the other end

(... is a kind of surface ) a flat surface at right angles to a plumb line

"park the car on the level"

(... is a kind of surface ) (art) the surface (as a wall or canvas) prepared to take the paint for a painting

(... is a kind of surface ) the striking or working surface of an implement

(... is a kind of surface ) a flat portable surface (usually rectangular) designed for board games

"he got out the board and set up the pieces"

(... is a kind of surface ) the flat surface of a printing press on which the type form is laid in the last stage of producing a newspaper or magazine or book etc.

(... is a kind of surface ) a horizontal surface for supporting objects used in working or playing games

Definition 2: a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for surface in the sense of this definition

(surface is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of surface ) an airfoil that controls lateral motion

(... is a kind of surface ) the vertical airfoil in the tail assembly of an aircraft

(... is a kind of surface ) airfoil consisting of a device for stabilizing an aircraft

(... is a kind of surface ) an airfoil mounted on the rear of a car to reduce lift at high speeds

(... is a kind of surface ) a hinged airfoil on the upper surface of an aircraft wing that is raised to reduce lift and increase drag

(... is a kind of surface ) a hinged vertical airfoil mounted at the tail of an aircraft and used to make horizontal course changes

(... is a kind of surface ) the long airfoil that rotates to provide the lift that supports a helicopter in the air

(... is a kind of surface ) the horizontal airfoil of an aircraft's tail assembly that is fixed and to which the elevator is hinged

(... is a kind of surface ) a movable airfoil that is part of an aircraft wing; used to increase lift or drag

(... is a kind of surface ) the airfoil on the tailplane of an aircraft that makes it ascend or descend

(... is a kind of surface ) one of the horizontal airfoils on either side of the fuselage of an airplane

(surface is a part of ...) forward edge of an airfoil

(surface is a part of ...) the rear edge of an airfoil

Definition 3: a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where surface or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was not what it appeared to be on the surface

(surface is a kind of ...) a distinct feature or element in a problem

"he studied every facet of the question"

Definition 4: information that has become public - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where surface or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • all the reports were out in the open
  • the facts had been brought to the surface

Synonyms for surface in the sense of this definition

(surface is a kind of ...) knowledge that is available to anyone

Definition 5: the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object - [noun denoting location]

Samples where surface or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they skimmed over the surface of the water
  • a brush small enough to clean every dental surface
  • the sun has no distinct surface

(surface is a kind of ...) the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

(... is a kind of surface ) (chemistry) a surface forming a common boundary between two things (two objects or liquids or chemical phases)

(... is a kind of surface ) (physics) an imaginary surface joining all points in space that are reached at the same instant by a wave propagating through a medium

(... is a kind of surface ) a surface on which an organism grows or is attached

"the gardener talked about the proper substrate for acid-loving plants"

(... is a kind of surface ) the outer side or surface of something

(... is a kind of surface ) the inner or enclosed surface of something

(... is a kind of surface ) the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object

"one end of the box was marked `This side up'"

(... is a kind of surface ) the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected

(... is a kind of surface ) a surface forming part of the outside of an object

"he examined all sides of the crystal" "dew dripped from the face of the leaf" "they travelled across the face of the continent"

(... is a kind of surface ) the upper surface of the mouth that separates the oral and nasal cavities

(... is a kind of surface ) the bony part of the roof of the mouth

(... is a kind of surface ) the intensely luminous surface of a star (especially the sun)

Definition 6: the outermost level of the land or sea - [noun denoting object]

Samples where surface or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • earthquakes originate far below the surface
  • three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water

Synonyms for surface in the sense of this definition

(surface is a kind of ...) a relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another

(... is a kind of surface ) the bottom surface of any lake or other body of water

(... is a kind of surface ) the lower inside surface of any hollow structure

"the floor of the pelvis" "the floor of the cave"

(surface is a part of ...) the part of the earth's surface covered with water (such as a river or lake or ocean)

"they invaded our territorial waters" "they were sitting by the water's edge"

(surface is a part of ...) an open or empty space in or between things

"there was a small opening between the trees" "the explosion made a gap in the wall"

(... is part of surface) the solid part of the earth consisting of the crust and outer mantle

Definition 7: appear or become visible; make a showing - [verb of change]

Samples where surface or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She turned up at the funeral
  • I hope the list key is going to surface again

Synonyms for surface in the sense of this definition

(surface is a kind of ...) come into sight or view

"He suddenly appeared at the wedding" "A new star appeared on the horizon"

Definition 8: put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface - [verb of contact]

Samples where surface or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • coat the cake with chocolate

Synonyms for surface in the sense of this definition

(surface is a kind of ...) provide with a covering or cause to be covered

"cover her face with a handkerchief" "cover the child with a blanket" "cover the grave with flowers"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat or impregnate with rubber

"rubberize fabric for rain coats"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with a mixture of gypsum and spackle

"he skimcoated the drywall"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with plastic or cement

"render the brick walls in the den"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with plaster

"daub the wall"

(... is a kind of surface ) provide with a coating

"enrobe the nuts with chocolate"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with tar

"tar the roof" "tar the roads"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with a glaze

"the potter glazed the dishes" "glaze the bread with eggwhite"

(... is a kind of surface ) cover with varnish

(... is a kind of surface ) apply paint to; coat with paint

"We painted the rooms yellow"

(... is a kind of surface ) cover or coat with cement

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with porcelain or a porcelain-like surface

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with metallic platinum

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with metal

(... is a kind of surface ) cover or stiffen or glaze a porous material with size or sizing (a glutinous substance)

(... is a kind of surface ) surface with macadam

"macadam the road"

(... is a kind of surface ) cover with metal

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with a layer of metal

"plate spoons with silver"

(... is a kind of surface ) cover with a grit

"grit roads"

(... is a kind of surface ) cover with a material such as stone or concrete to make suitable for vehicle traffic

"pave the roads in the village"

(... is a kind of surface ) cover with zinc

"galvanize steel"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with soot

(... is a kind of surface ) cover before cooking

"dredge the chicken in flour before frying it"

(... is a kind of surface ) cover or coat with a crust

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with beaten egg

"egg a schnitzel"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with stucco

"stucco the ceiling"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat (a liquid) with a layer

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with gelatin

(... is a kind of surface ) coat a metal with an oxide coat

(... is a kind of surface ) give a new surface

"refinish the dining room furniture"

(... is a kind of surface ) apply with a brush

"Brush butter on the roast"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat or back with metal foil

"foliate glass"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with blacktop

"blacktop the driveway"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with a substance that will prevent corrosion

"bonderize steel"

(... is a kind of surface ) provide with a finish

"The carpenter finished the table beautifully" "this shirt is not finished properly"

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with a layer of copper

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with bread crumbs

"crumb a cutlet"

(... is a kind of surface ) cover with a new surface

(... is a kind of surface ) coat with a patina

(... is a kind of surface ) coat or cover with zinc

Definition 9: come to the surface - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for surface in the sense of this definition

(surface is a kind of ...) travel up

"We ascended the mountain" "go up a ladder" "The mountaineers slowly ascended the steep slope"

(... is a kind of surface ) come up to the surface of or rise

"He felt new emotions emerge"

(... is a kind of surface ) reappear on the surface

(... is a kind of surface ) move upwards in bubbles, as from the effect of heating; also used metaphorically

"Gases bubbled up from the earth" "Marx's ideas have bubbled up in many places in Latin America"

(... is a kind of surface ) come up, as of a liquid

"Tears well in her eyes" "the currents well up"

Definition 10: on the surface - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where surface or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • surface materials of the moon

(surface is similar to ...) on or above the surface of the ground

"aboveground nuclear testing" "surface instruments for detecting oil deposits" "surface transportation"

(surface is similar to ...) constructed at ground level

"grade-constructed accesses to the freeway"

(surface is similar to ...) (of mines and mining) worked from the exposed surface

"opencast mining" "an opencut iron mine"

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