the swell of the sea that breaks upon a shore or upon shoals.
the mass or line of foamy water caused by the breaking of the sea upon a shore, especially a shallow or sloping shore.
verb (used without object)
to ride a surfboard.
to float on the crest of a wave toward shore.
to swim, play, or bathe in the surf.
to search haphazardly, as for information on a computer network or an interesting program on television.
verb (used with object)
to ride a surfboard on: We surfed every big wave in sight.
to search through (a computer network or TV channels) for information or entertainment.

1675–85; earlier suff; of uncertain origin

surfable, adjective
surfer, noun
surflike, adjective

serf, surf.

1. See wave. Unabridged
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surf (sɜːf)
1.  waves breaking on the shore or on a reef
2.  foam caused by the breaking of waves
3.  (intr) to take part in surfing
4.  a.  computing (on the internet) to move freely from website to website (esp in the phrase surf the net)
 b.  to move freely between (TV channels or radio stations)
5.  a.  informal to be carried on top of something: that guy's surfing the audience
 b.  (in combination): trainsurfing
[C17: probably variant of sough1]

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Word Origin & History

1685, probably from earlier suffe (1599), of uncertain origin. Originally used in reference to the coast of India, hence perhaps of Indic origin. Or perhaps a phonetic respelling of sough, which meant "a rushing sound." The verb meaning "ride the crest of a wave" is from 1917; surfer, surfing both from
1955. In the Internet sense, first recorded 1993.
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Science Dictionary
surf   (sûrf)  Pronunciation Key 
The waves of the sea as they break upon a shore or a reef.
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Example sentences
The big waves were also a boon for local businesses, as hotels and surf shops
  filled up.
We stood talking as the waves came in over surf-smoothed rocks.
OR else ride the bus, metro, light rail or train and surf for the whole ride.
Watch a hippo swim through the surf and elephants stroll the sands.
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