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surrealism (sometimes cap.) an artistic and literary movement of the twentieth century that attempts to depict the subconscious mind with dream imagery, fantastic juxtapositions, and other unusual effects.
surrender to turn over or yield to the power, control, or possession of another, esp. under compulsion. [5 definitions]
surreptitious made, performed, or achieved by stealth or in secret.
surrey a lightweight horse-drawn carriage with four wheels and two seats, each of which accommodates two people.
surrogate one that acts in another's place, esp. in an official capacity; substitute. [4 definitions]
surround to encompass by closing off all sides. [4 definitions]
surrounding the process of encircling. [4 definitions]
surroundings all the things around you; environment.
surtax an additional tax imposed on something that has already been taxed; extra tax. [3 definitions]
surtout a long, close-fitting overcoat often worn by men in the late nineteenth century.
surveillance a close watch or observation, esp. of a person or group of people under suspicion.
surveillant carrying out a surveillance; observing carefully. [2 definitions]
survey the act of determining the shape, area, and elevation of a piece of land. [9 definitions]
surveying the act, profession, or scientific study of making land surveys.
surveyor a person engaged in surveying as a profession.
surveyor's level an instrument for measuring elevation, consisting of a tripod on which are mounted a horizontally revolving telescope and a spirit level.
surveyor's measure a system of measurement of length based on the surveyor's chain, equal to sixty-six feet or 20.1 meters, as a unit.
survival the act of surviving, or the fact of having survived. [2 definitions]
survivalist one who believes that a disaster such as nuclear war or social upheaval is likely to occur and who attempts to ensure his or her survival by building shelter in a remote area, hoarding food and supplies, and the like.
survival of the fittest in biology, the evolutionary principle that only the forms of plants or animals best suited to or most easily able to adapt to existing conditions will survive, while other less suited forms will become extinct. (See natural selection.)
survive to continue to live despite serious immediate threat to one's life. [5 definitions]