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surf

[surf] /sɜrf/
noun
1.
the swell of the sea that breaks upon a shore or upon shoals.
2.
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)
3.
to ride a surfboard.
4.
to float on the crest of a wave toward shore.
5.
to swim, play, or bathe in the surf.
6.
to search haphazardly, as for information on a computer network or an interesting program on television.
verb (used with object)
7.
to ride a surfboard on:
We surfed every big wave in sight.
8.
to search through (a computer network or TV channels) for information or entertainment.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; earlier suff; of uncertain origin
Related forms
surfable, adjective
surfer, noun
surflike, adjective
Can be confused
serf, surf.
Synonyms
1. See wave.
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British Dictionary definitions for surflike

surf

/sɜːf/
noun
1.
waves breaking on the shore or on a reef
2.
foam caused by the breaking of waves
verb
3.
(intransitive) to take part in surfing
4.
  1. (computing) (on the internet) to move freely from website to website (esp in the phrase surf the net)
  2. to move freely between (TV channels or radio stations)
5.
  1. (informal) to be carried on top of something: that guy's surfing the audience
  2. (in combination): trainsurfing
Derived Forms
surfable, adjective
surflike, adjective
Word Origin
C17: probably variant of sough1
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Word Origin and History for surflike

surf

n.

1680s, probably from earlier suffe (1590s), 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."

v.

"ride the crest of a wave," 1917, from surf (n.). Related: Surfed; surfing. In the Internet sense, first recorded 1993.

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surflike in Science
surf
  (sûrf)   
The waves of the sea as they break upon a shore or a reef.
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Slang definitions & phrases for surflike

sure thing

affirmation

Yes; certainly; willingly: Sure thing I'll go with you (1896+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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