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ablate to wear away or otherwise remove (a surface), as by heat or erosion. [1/2 definitions]
ABO system a classification system for the inherited antigens found on the surface of human red blood cells, which determine compatibility for blood transfusions.
abrade to rub or wear down a surface by friction. [1/4 definitions]
abrasive causing abrasion to a physical surface or irritation to one's senses. [1/3 definitions]
abut to touch along a common line or surface; come in contact (often fol. by on, upon, or against). [1/2 definitions]
adsorb to gather (a gas or liquid) to a surface. (Cf. absorb.)
adsorption the condensation or adhesion of a gas, vapor, liquid, or dissolved substance on the surface of a solid or liquid. (Cf. absorption.)
aerodynamic of a contour or surface, offering the minimum of resistance when moving through air. [1/2 definitions]
airfield a level surface, usu. with one or more paved runways, on which aircraft land and take off; airport.
airfoil any aircraft part or surface, such as a wing or rudder, designed to utilize aircurrents to aid in propelling, lifting, and controlling movement.
air hole an open place in the frozen surface of a lake, pond, or stream. [1/3 definitions]
albedo in physics, the degree to which particles such as neutrons are reflected by a surface that they strike. [1/2 definitions]
allover covering, or repeated over, an entire surface.
altitude in geometry, the perpendicular distance from a vertex to its base or opposite surface. [1/4 definitions]
angle of incidence the angle that the line of movement of a body or of radiation, meeting a surface, makes with a line that is at right angles to the surface at the point of meeting.
anodize to cover a metal surface with a protective oxide electrolytically, the surface acting as the anode.
antipodes places directly opposite each other on the surface of the earth, as the North Pole and the South Pole.
aquaplane a board pulled by a speedboat and used to carry a standing rider along the surface of the water. [1/3 definitions]
area the amount of expanse of a flat or curved surface. [1/4 definitions]
ballpoint a pen that has a small ball in its tip which transfers ink from a reservoir to the writing surface; ballpoint pen.
barbicel on feathers, a minute hairlike projection from one barbule, which attaches to others of its kind, maintaining the integrity of the feather as a single surface.