even, flat, level, smooth
rough, uneven
firm, hard, solid
calm, glassy, polished, reflective, shiny

the glassy surface of the lake


The ball rolled onto the frozen surface of the pond.

inner, interior, internal

the inner surface of a bone

exterior, external, outer
lower, upper
floor, ground, land, ocean, road, rock, sea, wall
kitchen, work, working

a cleaning product for all kitchen surfaces

come to, come up to, reach, rise to
bring sth to

The captain brought the submarine to the surface.

coat, cover
break, penetrate

Smooth the surface with a spatula.

scratch, skim, touch (all figurative)

The investigation barely scratched the surface of the city's drug problem.


the surface layer of the skin

temperature, tension

Surface water made driving conditions hazardous.

above the surface, on a/the surface, over the surface

A trail of flowers floated on the surface of the water.

The breeze created a slight ripple on the surface of the pond.

On the surface his words were funny, but I detected a lot of anger behind them. (figurative)

below the surface, beneath the surface, under the surface

The ring slowly sank beneath the surface of the mud pool.

She gives the impression of being rather conventional, but under the surface she is wildly eccentric. (figurative)

across the surface, along the surface
in the surface

Cracks began to appear in the surface of the earth.

the Earth's surface, the surface of the Earth

Visible light from the sun passes through the atmosphere to the Earth's surface.

Surface is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑anxiety, ↑problem, ↑report, ↑submarine
Surface is used with these nouns as the object: ↑road

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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  • surface — [ syrfas ] n. f. • 1611; superface 1521; lat. superficies → superficie; de sur et face 1 ♦ Partie extérieure (d un corps), qui le limite en tous sens. ⇒ face. La surface de la Terre, la surface terrestre. À la surface du sol. « une surface pure… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Surface — Sur face , n. [F. See {Sur }, and {Face}, and cf. {Superficial}.] 1. 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surface — [sʉr′fis] n. [Fr < sur (see SUR 1) + face,FACE, based on L superficies] 1. a) the outer face, or exterior, of an object b) any of the faces of a solid c) the area or extent of such a face …   English World dictionary

  • surface — 1610s, from Fr. surface outermost boundary of anything, outside part (16c.), from O.Fr. sur above + face (see FACE (Cf. face)). Patterned on L. superficies surface (see SUPERFICIAL (Cf. superficial)). The verb meaning come to the surface is first …   Etymology dictionary

  • surface — ► NOUN 1) the outside part or uppermost layer of something. 2) the upper limit of a body of liquid. 3) outward appearance as distinct from less obvious aspects. ► ADJECTIVE 1) relating to or occurring on the surface. 2) (of transportation) by sea …   English terms dictionary

  • Surface — Sur face, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Surfaced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Surfacing}.] 1. To give a surface to; especially, to cause to have a smooth or plain surface; to make smooth or plain. [1913 Webster] 2. To work over the surface or soil of, as ground, in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • surface — [adj] external apparent, covering, depthless, exterior, facial, outer, outside, outward, shallow, shoal, superficial, top; concepts 485,583 Ant. central, core, inside, interior, middle surface [n] external part of something area, cover, covering …   New thesaurus

  • surface — Surface. subst. f. L exterieur, le dehors d un corps. Surface platte, unie, raboteuse. la surface de la terre …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Surface — Sur face, v. i. 1. To rise from the depths of a liquid to the surface; as, the submarine surfaced to recharge its batteries. [PJC] 2. To become known or public; said of information. [PJC] 3. To show up, as a person who was in hiding; as, he… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Surface — (fr., spr. Sürfahs), die Oberfläche …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • surface — index bare, cursory, dimension, emerge, issue (send forth), ostensible, side, superficial …   Law dictionary

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