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English adjective: surface

1. surface on the surface


SamplesSurface materials of the moon.


Similaraboveground, grade-constructed, opencast, opencut


Antonymsoverhead, subsurface


English noun: surface

1. surface (artifact) the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary


SamplesThere is a special cleaner for these surfaces.
The cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface.


Broader (hypernym)artefact, artifact


Narrower (hyponym)bed, board, face, gameboard, ground, horizontal surface, Klein bottle, level, meniscus, miter, mitre, Mobius strip, plaster, plasterwork, projection screen, screen, side, silver screen, skin, spandrel, spandril, superficies, tread, vertical surface, work surface

2. surface (location) the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object


SamplesThey skimmed over the surface of the water.
A brush small enough to clean every dental surface.
The sun has no distinct surface.


Broader (hypernym)bound, boundary, bounds


Narrower (hyponym)celestial sphere, empyrean, end, exterior, face, firmament, hard palate, heavens, inside, interface, interior, outside, palate, photosphere, roof of the mouth, side, sphere, substrate, substratum, vault of heaven, wave front, wavefront, welkin

3. surface (object) the outermost level of the land or sea


SamplesEarthquakes originate far below the surface.
Three quarters of the Earth's surface is covered by water.


SynonymsEarth's surface


Broader (hypernym)layer


Narrower (hyponym)floor, floor


Part holonymbody of water, gap, opening, water


Part meronymgeosphere, lithosphere

4. surface (cognition) a superficial aspect as opposed to the real nature of something


SamplesIt was not what it appeared to be on the surface.


Broader (hypernym)aspect, facet

5. surface (cognition) information that has become public


SamplesAll the reports were out in the open.
The facts had been brought to the surface.


Synonymsopen


Broader (hypernym)general knowledge, public knowledge

6. surface (artifact) a device that provides reactive force when in motion relative to the surrounding air; can lift or control a plane in flight


Synonymsaerofoil, airfoil, control surface


Broader (hypernym)device


Narrower (hyponym)aileron, elevator, flap, flaps, horizontal stabiliser, horizontal stabilizer, rotary wing, rotor blade, rudder, spoiler, spoiler, stabilizer, tailplane, vertical tail, wing


Part holonymleading edge, trailing edge


English verb: surface

1. surface (motion) come to the surface


Synonymscome up, rise, rise up


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)ascend, go up


Narrower (hyponym)bubble up, emerge, intumesce, resurface, swell, well

2. surface (contact) put a coat on; cover the surface of; furnish with a surface


SamplesCoat the cake with chocolate.


Synonymscoat


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cover


Narrower (hyponym)anodise, anodize, blacktop, bonderise, bonderize, brush on, cement, copper, crumb, daub, dredge, egg, encrust, enrobe, finish, foliate, galvanise, galvanize, gelatinize, glaze, grit, incrust, macadamise, macadamize, metal, metalize, metallize, paint, patinate, patinise, patinize, pave, plaster, plate, platinize, porcelainize, refinish, render, resurface, rubber, rubberise, rubberize, seal, size, skim, skimcoat, soot, stucco, tar, tarmac, varnish, zinc

3. surface (change) appear or become visible; make a showing


SamplesShe turned up at the funeral.
I hope the list key is going to surface again.


Synonymscome on, come out, show up, turn up


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)appear









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