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Definition of Surface


  1. A small plane or surface, usually capable of adjustment but not of manipulation, for preserving lateral balance in an aeroplane or flying machine.
  2. The exterior part of anything that has length and breadth; one of the limits that bound a solid, esp. the upper face; superficies; the outside; as, the surface of the earth; the surface of a diamond; the surface of the body.
  3. Hence, outward or external appearance.
  4. A magnitude that has length and breadth without thickness; superficies; as, a plane surface; a spherical surface.
  5. That part of the side which is terminated by the flank prolonged, and the angle of the nearest bastion.
  6. To give a surface to; especially, to cause to have a smooth or plain surface; to make smooth or plain.
  7. To work over the surface or soil of, as ground, in hunting for gold.

Surface Quotations

People say I make strange choices, but they're not strange for me. My sickness is that I'm fascinated by human behavior, by what's underneath the surface, by the worlds inside people.
Johnny Depp

When people rely on surface appearances and false racial stereotypes, rather than in-depth knowledge of others at the level of the heart, mind and spirit, their ability to assess and understand people accurately is compromised.
James A. Forbes

Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she's beautiful but don't have anything to talk about, it's going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person.
Amanda Peet

After about 20 years of marriage, I'm finally starting to scratch the surface of what women want. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate.
Mel Gibson

I just love real characters; they're not pretentious, and every emotion is on the surface, they're regular working people. Their likes, their dislikes, their loves, their hates, their passions; they're all right there on the surface.
David O. Russell
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Surface Translations

surface in Danish is overflade, top
surface in Dutch is oppervlakte, oppervlak
surface in French is superficie, surface
surface in Italian is superficie, superficie
surface in Latin is superficies
surface in Spanish is sobrefaz, superficie, plana
surface in Swedish is yta
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