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surface US English

The outside part or uppermost layer of something (often used when describing its texture, form, or extent)

surface US Thesaurus

the surface of the door

surface-mount US English

(Of an electronic component) having leads that are designed to be soldered on the side of a circuit board that the body of the component is mounted on

surface noise US English

Extraneous noise in playing a phonograph record, caused by imperfections in the grooves or in the pickup system

surface water US English

Water that collects on the surface of the ground

work surface US English

Another term for countertop.

surface-active US English

(Of a substance, such as a detergent) tending to reduce the surface tension of a liquid in which it is dissolved

surface tension US English

The tension of the surface film of a liquid caused by the attraction of the particles in the surface layer by the bulk of the liquid, which tends to minimize surface area

surface-to-surface US English

(Of a missile) designed to be fired from one point on the ground or a vessel at another such point or vessel

air-to-surface US English

Directed or operating from an aircraft in flight to the surface of the sea or other body of water

artificial surface US English

A carpetlike playing surface used in stadiums instead of natural grass

surface chemistry US English

The branch of chemistry concerned with the processes occurring at interfaces between phases, especially that between liquid and gas

surface structure US English

(In generative grammar) the structure of a well-formed phrase or sentence in a language, as opposed to its underlying abstract representation

surface-to-air US English

(Of a missile) designed to be fired from the ground or a vessel at an aircraft

scratch the surface US English

Deal with a matter only in the most superficial way

surface boundary layer US English

The lowest layer of the earth’s atmosphere extending to about one kilometer. Winds within it are affected by friction with the earth’s surface

resurface US English

Put a new coating on or reform (a surface such as a road, a floor, or ice)

subsurface US English

The stratum or strata below the earth’s surface

surface area in surface US English

The area of such an outer part or uppermost layer

surface waters in surface water US English

The top layer of a body of water

undersurface US English

The lower surface of something; the surface underneath, or on the bottom of, something

scratch the surface in scratch US English

Deal with a matter only in the most superficial way

artificial turf in artificial surface US English

A carpetlike playing surface used in stadiums instead of natural grass

on the surface in surface US Thesaurus

it sounded plausible enough on the surface