Definition of resurface in English:



  • 1[with object] Put a new coating on or re-form (a surface, especially a road)

    ‘I helped my mother to resurface the kitchen floor’
    ‘the road has been closed for resurfacing’
    • ‘Today, concrete is widely used, often resurfaced with asphalt or tar.’
    • ‘‘But you also need to resurface a traditional driveway occasionally’ she points out.’
    • ‘However it does have potential and could be converted to an indoor pool - alternatively it could be resurfaced and turned into a tennis court.’
    • ‘Barcelona is renowned as a very difficult circuit for tyres, but the track was resurfaced over the winter.’
    • ‘In the new year, the remaining work will include the laying of pavement sections, resurfacing of roads and work on overhead power wires.’
    • ‘Granite can scratch and may have to be resurfaced every few years.’
    • ‘The Montreal circuit has been completely resurfaced since last season.’
    • ‘A porcelain and enamel refinisher can resurface them to most any color you want, but it would be a solid color without the marbling.’
    • ‘Following representation from Cllr Tom Neville, we have finally got the village roadway re-surfaced recently.’
    • ‘Classic hardwood floors may need to be resurfaced every five years, but should be structurally sound for twenty-five years or more, according to Roger Berk of Haywood-Berk.’
    • ‘"They've done a lot of work on the track since last year and it's been completely resurfaced.’
    • ‘Dancers must be especially careful when they are scheduled to dance on stages that are due to be resurfaced or are under construction, or on any surface that is not designed for dancing.’
    • ‘The roadway from the church up past the old school has been completely resurfaced.’
    • ‘He dug up those areas and resurfaced them with ground cover or mulch.’
    • ‘‘We need changes; we need speed bumps and the roads need to be resurfaced,’ she says.’
    • ‘Construction to rebuild and resurface the road has reached Phase Two.’
    • ‘The fact that the road was scheduled to be resurfaced was one of the reasons we were allowed to conduct the tests in the first place.’
    • ‘We would not recommend you resurface your kitchen sink.’
    • ‘The road was being resurfaced and glistened with fudge-soft tarmac.’
    • ‘According to the engineers who worked on it, the road was resurfaced with wafer-thin asphalt.’
  • 2[no object] Come back up to the surface of water.

    ‘he resurfaced beside the boat’
    • ‘Splashing in the shallows, she saw Betty resurface.’
    • ‘He fought to resurface, pushing past the amount of water above him.’
    • ‘Once resurfacing from the water, hair in his eyes, he could see Jo laughing, not so discreetly slapping her thigh in mirth.’
    • ‘When I resurfaced, I found myself being drowned with more water as a wave hit from where Peter jumped in behind me.’
    • ‘Steve and I both panicked when he didn't resurface and ran down onto the beach, into the surf after him, only to finally find him laughing at us back on shore.’
    • ‘Moby-Dick resurfaces, and destroys two of the boats, leaving Ahab's unharmed.’
    • ‘I resurfaced, slapping at the water with the hand full of wax and gasping for air.’
    • ‘But when he looked at the viscous black harbor water, he realized that the man had not yet resurfaced.’
    • ‘My ears pop, as if submerging in water then resurfacing.’
    • ‘The older boy squatted down on his heels and waited for his guest to resurface, hoping that the water would cool off his anger.’
    • ‘He dove under, then resurfaced briefly, then submerged himself again.’
    • ‘Joey begins to swim out and goes under for a little bit before resurfacing, enjoying the feel of being in the water.’
    • ‘I ducked under water for a moment and resurfaced with a smile.’
    • ‘With that, he pushed Amy under the water and when she resurfaced, he laughed and made her kick her feet so that they would get to the island faster.’
    • ‘When she resurfaced her short hair was flattened against her head.’
    • ‘Once they are within range, they wait for the whale to resurface 20 minutes later, second-guessing its surfacing position.’
    • ‘The second is when Pacino first sees Williams and chases him across a logjam in the river, finally falling into the freezing water and struggling to resurface between the massive logs.’
    • ‘Skye was just about to throw a rock or some boulder in after him when he finally resurfaced.’
    • ‘When we both resurfaced I started to splash water at Casey.’
    • ‘When I resurfaced, Jordan was treading water next to me with a huge grin.’
    1. 2.1Arise or become evident again.
      ‘serious concerns about the welfare of animals eventually resurfaced’
      • ‘He suggests tossing it in the sea but Gandalf says it would eventually resurface.’
      • ‘She turned the dial slowly, the numbers resurfacing in her memory. 3… 27… 34.’
      • ‘Some things are buried only to resurface many years or even generations later.’
      • ‘Another argument that rates will rise is that inflation, long thought dead, has recently resurfaced.’
      • ‘However, as in a Greek tragedy, their faults are bound to resurface time after time and bring about their ultimate doom.’
      • ‘The promise of fresh air drove these complaints from her mind, however, although they would resurface later on in the day, and for good reason.’
      • ‘Then a variety of problems emerged or resurfaced.’
      • ‘The discontentment resurfaced when bank savings accounts were frozen, a step needed to implement the dollarization.’
      • ‘Old feelings from ninth grade were resurfacing.’
      • ‘Memories of her mother and father resurfaced in her mind, bright and clear.’
      • ‘As I look through my high school belongings, many memories resurface.’
      • ‘The interactive diary has provided me with images that resurface every time I open a diary I'm studying or writing about.’
      • ‘Now, the low prices are resurfacing at the chains - Bally is offering $19 down and $19 a month.’
      • ‘Nicholas Roe suggests that these are examples of moments where the past resurfaces with a power to quicken the poet's imaginative life.’
      • ‘When authorities thought they had the situation under control, however, the virus resurfaced last month in Perak.’
      • ‘I've never been happier… ‘he shortly replied, his sweet smile resurfacing again.’’
      • ‘I tried to push all those thoughts to the back of my mind, but for some reason they kept resurfacing.’
      • ‘Last documented by the artist's biographer Gian Pietro Bellori in 1672, this hugely influential work disappeared shortly afterward, resurfacing again only now.’
      • ‘The virus, which caused brain damage in dozens of victims, has resurfaced this year in several Malaysian villages.’
    2. 2.2(of a person) come out of hiding or obscurity.
      ‘he resurfaced under a false identity in Australia’
      • ‘He didn't play in 1950 but resurfaced briefly in Tijuana the following year at age 46.’
      • ‘Bacharach resurfaced only sporadically in the '70s and '80s, turning out the occasional hit with his new wife, Carole Bayer Sager.’
      • ‘Six weeks later, he resurfaced, and the internet breathed a huge sigh of relief.’
      • ‘Generally over the last eight years we had gotten along all right apart from his odd comments and the occasions when the old Adam resurfaced for a moment.’
      • ‘Unlike Howie, Madeline had resurfaced a handful of times, demanding money in far-flung locales, and twice Beth and Hammer had flown wherever it was and tried in vain to intercept her.’
      • ‘Instead he has now resurfaced at the Milpitas, California-based storage vendor where he will be responsible for developing its range of data-protection and networked-storage products.’
      • ‘But he had comparatively light punishment by Soviet standards (he was forbidden to travel for nine months) and he resurfaced.’
      • ‘This court has serious reservations about whether he would or could protect the children from the mother, when she resurfaces.’
      • ‘She occasionally resurfaces to publish these short stories and to feed.’
      • ‘Maybe it was Corrina, Corrina, but this powerful, commanding actor appears to have been in remission for 10 years before resurfacing with a vengeance in this uncompromising police drama.’
      • ‘George's long-lost sister Emily similarly resurfaces as ‘a French lady, named De Thoux’ at the end of the novel.’
      • ‘It seems she has resurfaced just in time to disrupt an illegal mission.’
      • ‘The crooks face a few setbacks but they soon resurface when the heat dies down.’
      • ‘When the baron's wife resurfaces in the text to greet the king who is de passage, she again drips with disingenuousness.’
      • ‘Martin marched himself round in ever decreasing circles, like he could somehow tunnel himself out from under all his troubles, and resurface someplace where his world wasn't falling apart.’
      • ‘It seemed so strange to him how Ally had almost disappeared, not even resurfacing to attend the two ALDS games that had been played at Yankee Stadium.’
      • ‘In the anniversary year for This Is Spinal Tap, one of the faux band's original members, Christopher Guest, resurfaces for a doggie talent pageant in Best of Show.’
      • ‘Even the Ramsays, who had withdrawn from the field to concentrate on TV, have resurfaced in the form of third generation Deepak Ramsay who has made the first Ramsay horror production for over a decade.’
      • ‘He resurfaced briefly in 1992, to play a rematch with Spassky for $5 million.’
      • ‘After 25 years of silence, a notorious serial killer resurfaces to terrorize a whole new generation.’