Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A boundary between two bodies; a surface.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The surface; the exterior part, superficial area, or face of a thing.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin superficiēs : super-, super- + faciēs, face; see face.]

Examples

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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