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adjective [only before noun] surface pronunciation in British English /ˈsɜː(r)fɪs/
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  1. 1
    affecting, existing on, or used on a surface

    The boating accident caused only surface damage.

    a rough surface texture

    the surface temperature of the lake

  2. 2
    a surface quality seems to exist in someone or something, but in fact it hides deeper or more real feelings or conditions

    A surface calm settled over the troubled city.

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