surface definition, meaning - what is surface in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “surface”

See all translations

surface

noun uk   /ˈsɜː.fɪs/  us   /ˈsɝː-/

surface noun (TOP)

B2 [C] the outer or top part or layer of something: Tropical rain forests used to cover ten percent of the Earth's surface. The marble has a smooth, shiny surface. Neil Armstrong was the first person to set foot on the surface of the moon. [C] the top layer of a field or track on which sports are played: The match will be played on an artificial/all-weather surface. [C] the flat top part of a table, cupboard, etc.: a work surface Don't put anything wet on a polished surface, or it will leave a mark.
More examples

surface noun (APPEARANCE)

B2 [S] The surface of a situation or person is what they appear to be, or the features they have that are not hidden or difficult to see: On the surface, this seems like a difficult problem, but in fact there's an easy solution to it. Beneath/Below/Under the surface of contemporary West Indian life lurk memories of slavery. Suddenly, all her anger came/rose to the surface (= became obvious).

surface

verb uk   /ˈsɜː.fɪs/  us   /ˈsɝː-/

surface verb (TOP)

[I] to rise to the surface of water: The submarine surfaced a few miles off the coast. [T] to cover a road or other area with a hard surface

surface verb (KNOWN)

[I] If a feeling or information surfaces, it becomes known: Doubts are beginning to surface about whether the right decision has been made. A rumour has surfaced that the company is about to go out of business.

surface verb (OUT OF BED)

[I] informal to get out of bed: He never surfaces until at least 11.00 a.m. on a Sunday.

surface

adjective uk   /ˈsɜː.fɪs/  us   /ˈsɝː-/

surface adjective (TOP)

working or operating on the top of the land or sea, rather than under the land or sea, or by air

surface adjective (APPEARANCE)

[before noun] appearing in a particular way but not always showing the truth: his surface appearance of calm confidence
(Definition of surface from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of surface?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “surface” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

kick off

the time when a game of football starts, or when it begins again after it has stopped because of a goal, etc.

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More