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Surface. n. 1. Outer shell or area; the layer first encountered when touching a thing:
"We stand on the surface of the Earth."
"The log lay submerged beneath the surface of the lake."
"Your surface is smooth, soft, and warm."
To penetrate the surface: to enter the next layer.
To break the surface: to very slightly enter the next layer.
Also, first layer of discussion.
"We have only just scratched the surface of this issue."
Implication: many more layers beneath.
"You are more than you seem on the surface."
2. Substance applied as a protective outer layer.
"The floor had a wood surface over concrete."
v. 1. To surface: to rise as from deep water back into breathable air.
To rise to the top of and partially emerge from a lower layer into an upper layer.
Surfacing: The act of rising to the surface.
Also to emerge, as from hiding.
"After three weeks underground, he surfaced."
Resurface: to come out of hiding or rise out of the water again.
2. To apply a substance to the outer layer of an object.
"They told me to surface the table with polyeurethane."
Resurface: to reapply an outer layer to an object for its protection.
"They resurface the driveway every spring."
On the glass ceiling not a ripple betrays
As I break through and breathe anew the flames
Of sunlight shattered across this broken plain
Encircling my halved body in motion
Standing at first unsteady it heals whole
Faintly giving yet secure as an ocean
Frozen in warm stasis of semi-rigidity
Warm beneath my feet as I walk ashore
I look back and watch my footprints disappear
Then climb rays of light and pockets of air up
A slight jump and I glide aloft
Breast stroke vertically to the chill cloud
On the vapor I do a handstand
Gently lower my feet and find the surface hard
Like snow and I stand there
In stratospheric winter
The sky green and brown and blue
Covered with houses and trees and people
Above them earth and molton rock
Beneath my feet the universe