Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The outer surface of an area or a body.
  • n. External appearance or aspect.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A two-dimensional magnitude that has length and breadth; especially such a surface that forms the boundary of a solid
  • n. The area of a two-dimensional surface.
  • n. The visible, external surface of a body
  • n. The 'surface' (of something immaterial, esp. of the mind or soul)
  • n. A building intimately associated with the land on which it is built

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The surface; the exterior part, superficial area, or face of a thing.
  • n.
  • n. Everything on the surface of a piece of ground, or of a building, so closely connected by art or nature as to constitute a part of it, as houses, or other superstructures, fences, trees, vines, etc.
  • n. A real right consisting of a grant by a landed proprietor of a piece of ground, bearing a strong resemblance to the long building leases granted by landholders in England, in consideration of a rent, and under reservation of the ownership of the soil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A boundary between two bodies; a surface.
  • n. In civil law, the right which one person might have over a building or other thing in or upon the surface of the land of another person. Also used for such thing itself, if so united with the land as to form a part of it.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the purely external aspect of a thing; superficial appearance
  • n. outer surface of an area or a body

Etymologies

Latin superficiēs : super-, super- + faciēs, face; see face.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Certainly not with a heartfelt froufrou letter (which, on the superficies, is immediately insulting).

    notes from the peanut gallery

  • We cannot call a man's work superficial when it is the creation of a world; a man cannot be accused of dealing superficially with the world which he himself has created; the superficies is the world.

    Ben Jonson

  • You should have the sugar-box by you, to strew on sugar from time to time, as you eat off the superficies, that is strewed over with sugar.

    The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened

  • The superficies is a limitation of the body. 2, and the limitation of a body is no part of that body. 4, and the limitation of one body is that which begins another. 3, that which is not part of any body is nothing.

    The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci — Complete

  • Watteau -- Watteau the painter -- not that superficies which is more or less familiar to every hack, be he limner or penman, who dabbles in the eighteenth century.

    Since Cézanne

  • That the country has the ninth largest superficies in the world one million square miles for a population ranking 62 could have attracted the attention.

    Georges Ugeux: Revisiting Kazakhstan: An Economic Approach Beyond Petroleum

  • Limpie semanalmente los pisos, los marcos de ventanas, los huecos y rendijas y las demás superficies.

    Lead in paint, dust, and soil

  • Respiran el polvo de plomo (especialmente durante las renovaciones que alteran las superficies pintadas).

    Lead in paint, dust, and soil

  • También puede ser un peligro si se encuentra en superficies que los niños puedan morder o que reciben muchos desgastes, tal como:

    Lead in paint, dust, and soil

  • También puede formarse el polvo cuando las superficies pintadas se golpean o frotan entre sí.

    Lead in paint, dust, and soil

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  • "'...consider that these very small, very remote islands do not possess the superficies for anything considerable in the way of flora or fauna peculiar to themselves. Do but think of the shocking paucity of land birds in Tahiti, so very much greater in mass...'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Nutmeg of Consolation, 234

    March 9, 2008