the act or sport of riding the surf, as on a surfboard.
Also called surfriding.

1915–20; surf + -ing1 Unabridged


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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World English Dictionary
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]

surfing (ˈsɜːfɪŋ)
the sport of riding towards shore on the crest of a wave by standing or lying on a surfboard

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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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Computing Dictionary

surfing definition

("Internet surfing") Used by analogy to describe the ease with which an expert user can use the waves of information flowing around the Internet to get where he wants. The term became popular in the early 1990s as access to the Internet became more widespread and tools such as World-Wide Web browsers made its use simpler and more pleasant.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Example sentences
The cabin is both a launchpad for surfing and a place to relax in the rugged
The grainy footage showed surfers throwing dynamite in a river and surfing on
  the resulting waves.
Further surfing reveals that natural rubber is preferred for the tread of tires.
Our exclusive surfing guide features ten hot spots to catch southern-hemi
  swells this summer.
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