[sur-fis-rahy-puh nd] /ˈsɜr fɪsˈraɪ pənd/
(of cheese) ripened on the surface by molds or other microorganisms.
noun 1. a road or street level with its surroundings: surface roads and elevated highways.
noun, Linguistics. (in transformational-generative grammar) 1. a structural representation of the final syntactic form of a sentence, as it exists after the transformational component has modified a deep structure. Compare deep structure. 2. the string of words that is actually produced. surface structure noun 1. (generative grammar) a representation of a string of words or […]
noun, Physics. 1. the elasticlike force existing in the surface of a body, especially a liquid, tending to minimize the area of the surface, caused by asymmetries in the intermolecular forces between surface molecules. surface tension noun 1. a property of liquids caused by intermolecular forces near the surface leading to the apparent presence of […]
- Surface-tension theory of narcosis
surface-tension theory of narcosis n. The theory that substances that lower the surface tension of water pass more readily into a cell and cause narcosis by decreasing metabolism.