In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(of solid, land)superficie femenino(wound/mark) (before noun) superficial(charm/resemblance) superficialthe earth's surface — la superficie terrestre / de la tierra
- the interview never got below the surface — la entrevista fue muy superficial
1.2also road surfaceAutomóvilespavimento masculinofirme masculino España
1.3(of liquid, sea)superficie femeninoMilitar (vessel/ship) (before noun) de superficieto come/rise to the surface — salir a la superficie
- all his bitterness came to the surface — toda su amargura salió a la superficie / afloró
2.1(of a solid)a cube has six surfaces — un cubo tiene seis caras
- a plane/curved surface — una superficie plana/curva
2.2also surface areaMatemáticassuperficie femenino(with masculine article in the singular) área femenino
1(submarine) emerger(submarine) salir a la superficie(diver/fish) salir a la superficie(problems/difficulties) aflorar(problems/difficulties) aparecer(difficulties/problems) surgirpublic concern first surfaced ten years ago — las primeras manifestaciones de inquietud por parte del público aparecieron hace diez años
- he surfaced ten years later in Brazil — reapareció en el Brasil diez años después
- he hasn't surfaced yet — todavía no ha dado señales de vida
- The passage that I had read years ago surfaced in my mind.
- Occasionally, nuggets of dark humour surfaced unexpectedly in an apparently innocent routine, sending a shockwave through her audience.
- She did an almost perfect dive into the water as well and surfaced next to him.
- I hit the water and surfaced, looking back to see Scott pointing west.
- Kat leaned over and watched the water for him to surface, but it was taking too long.
- As a democratic ‘rule of law’ issue, it surfaces again and again.
- Had they both had a chance of success, the issue might have surfaced and received the real attention which the main parties tried to stifle.
- Prejudices instilled in us long ago had surfaced with frightening force in a totally different context, many miles and several decades away from the conditions that created them.
- After more than six hours in the water he surfaced in excellent humour, quietly resigned to the setback.
- He could even laugh about rumors that surfaced recently on the Internet that he had died.
- It was a successful dive and I surfaced with 36 pictures.
- I surfaced after a night dive along the mountainous west coast of Majorca.
- I know that disability was an issue that surfaced quite a bit during the election campaign, and it hurt the Government parties as much as any other issue did.
- Researchers on shore received the data when the whales surfaced for air.
- The students did an amazing job, and more issues and emotions surfaced in those two hours than in a semester's worth of most academic work.
- Rumors surface periodically that he's on the way out.
- Allegations in respect of these conversations first surfaced at a much later date.
- Apologists for high tax rates are surfacing again in the media.
- I'm sure some pictures will surface soon.
- Thus, it is crucial to be able to anticipate where and when the whales will surface to breathe.
- After surfacing from our dive there, we spotted two southern right whales.
- For the 62-year-old Howard, who already has served two three-year terms, those issues could not have surfaced at a better moment.
- When Mac surfaced from his initial dive, the worst of the chill was just beginning to dissipate.
- He smiled at his wife before diving into the cool water, surfacing and glancing at Emily expectantly.
- Two main issues have surfaced with the presence of IM on corporate networks.
- Now, a new challenger has surfaced, one that apparently will not stop until it attains supremacy or is eliminated.
- Doubts about the consciousness of animals occasionally surfaced even in classical antiquity.
- When I surfaced, I saw Laura floating face down in the water.
- Manatees usually stay submerged for about two minutes before surfacing to breathe air.
- A last-minute story has surfaced, designed apparently to damage the Bush effort for the presidency.
- We protect ourselves by never letting these mutually exclusive beliefs surface at the same time.
- The issue first surfaced when there was that 18-18 tie after the 2001 general election.
- Adri surfaced and wiped the water off of her face.
- Visa problems first surfaced for PSA squash players at the US Open last December in Boston.
1(road) revestir(road) recubrir(road) (with asphalt) asfaltar
- Mrs Mountford said the final houses had been built on the estate last September and the developer had promised to surface the roads but no progress had been made.
- An excellent job has been done and the remainder of the slip road will be surfaced when further finance becomes available.
- Concrete blocks to surface the roads can be constructed in a process similar to the roof tiles.
- This will enable Ballykealey lane to be surfaced as well as the Royal Oak Road to be finished with new paths and road surface.
- About 43 streets were surfaced in this project.
- Unfortunately it took several decades before even the main road through their town had been surfaced.
- That underlay has now been surfaced with bitumen and chippings and has improved the structure and surface of the road.
- The dam was silted up because the surrounding roads had not been properly surfaced, says resident engineer Cass Bhamiee.
- Local firm Chestnut Developments had wanted to build in the gardens and surface the unmade lane.
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