A n
1 lit (of water, land, object) surface f ; on ou at the surface (of liquid) à la surface ; on the surface (of solid) sur la surface ; to work at the surface Mining travailler en surface or au jour ;
2 fig apparence f ; to skim the surface of effleurer [problem, issue] ; on the surface it was a simple problem en apparence le problème était simple ; beneath the surface he's very shy au fond il est très timide ; violence is never far below the surface la violence est toujours latente ; to come ou rise to the surface [tensions, feelings, emotions] se manifester ;
3 Math (of solid, cube) côté m, face f ;
4 (worktop) plan m de travail.
B modif
1 lit [vessel, fleet, transport] de surface ; [work, worker] en surface, au jour ; [wound] superficiel/-ielle ; surface measurements superficie f ;
2 fig [problem, resemblance] superficiel/-ielle ;
3 Ling [structure, grammar, analysis] de surface.
C vtr faire le revêtement de [road, ground] ; to surface sth with revêtir qch de.
D vi
1 lit [object, animal, person] remonter à la surface ; [submarine] faire surface ;
2 fig (come to surface) [tension, anxiety, racism] se manifester ; [problem, evidence, scandal] apparaître ;
3 (reappear) [person] (after absence) refaire surface , réapparaître ; (from bed) se lever ; [object] réapparaître.

Big English-French dictionary. 2003.

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