Definition of resurface in English:



  • 1with object Put a new coating on or reform (a surface such as a road, a floor, or ice)

    • ‘‘We need changes; we need speed bumps and the roads need to be resurfaced,’ she says.’
    • ‘The roadway from the church up past the old school has been completely resurfaced.’
    • ‘Barcelona is renowned as a very difficult circuit for tyres, but the track was resurfaced over the winter.’
    • ‘The road was being resurfaced and glistened with fudge-soft tarmac.’
    • ‘Construction to rebuild and resurface the road has reached Phase Two.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today, concrete is widely used, often resurfaced with asphalt or tar.’
    • ‘However it does have potential and could be converted to an indoor pool - alternatively it could be resurfaced and turned into a tennis court.’
    • ‘Following representation from Cllr Tom Neville, we have finally got the village roadway re-surfaced recently.’
    • ‘A porcelain and enamel refinisher can resurface them to most any color you want, but it would be a solid color without the marbling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘But you also need to resurface a traditional driveway occasionally’ she points out.’
    • ‘We would not recommend you resurface your kitchen sink.’
    • ‘The Montreal circuit has been completely resurfaced since last season.’
    • ‘According to the engineers who worked on it, the road was resurfaced with wafer-thin asphalt.’
    • ‘Granite can scratch and may have to be resurfaced every few years.’
    • ‘In the new year, the remaining work will include the laying of pavement sections, resurfacing of roads and work on overhead power wires.’
    • ‘"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.’
    • ‘He dug up those areas and resurfaced them with ground cover or mulch.’
  • 2no object Come back up to the surface.

    ‘he resurfaced beside the boat’
    • ‘When I resurfaced, I found myself being drowned with more water as a wave hit from where Peter jumped in behind me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Joey begins to swim out and goes under for a little bit before resurfacing, enjoying the feel of being in the water.’
    • ‘When I resurfaced, Jordan was treading water next to me with a huge grin.’
    • ‘I resurfaced, slapping at the water with the hand full of wax and gasping for air.’
    • ‘Skye was just about to throw a rock or some boulder in after him when he finally resurfaced.’
    • ‘When she resurfaced her short hair was flattened against her head.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once they are within range, they wait for the whale to resurface 20 minutes later, second-guessing its surfacing position.’
    • ‘Moby-Dick resurfaces, and destroys two of the boats, leaving Ahab's unharmed.’
    • ‘But when he looked at the viscous black harbor water, he realized that the man had not yet resurfaced.’
    • ‘The older boy squatted down on his heels and waited for his guest to resurface, hoping that the water would cool off his anger.’
    • ‘My ears pop, as if submerging in water then resurfacing.’
    • ‘Splashing in the shallows, she saw Betty resurface.’
    • ‘When we both resurfaced I started to splash water at Casey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I ducked under water for a moment and resurfaced with a smile.’
    • ‘He dove under, then resurfaced briefly, then submerged himself again.’
    • ‘Once resurfacing from the water, hair in his eyes, he could see Jo laughing, not so discreetly slapping her thigh in mirth.’
    • ‘He fought to resurface, pushing past the amount of water above him.’
    1. 2.1 Arise or become evident again.
      ‘serious concerns about the welfare of animals eventually resurfaced’
      • ‘Nicholas Roe suggests that these are examples of moments where the past resurfaces with a power to quicken the poet's imaginative life.’
      • ‘He suggests tossing it in the sea but Gandalf says it would eventually resurface.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Another argument that rates will rise is that inflation, long thought dead, has recently resurfaced.’
      • ‘I've never been happier… ‘he shortly replied, his sweet smile resurfacing again.’’
      • ‘Now, the low prices are resurfacing at the chains - Bally is offering $19 down and $19 a month.’
      • ‘Some things are buried only to resurface many years or even generations later.’
      • ‘However, as in a Greek tragedy, their faults are bound to resurface time after time and bring about their ultimate doom.’
      • ‘The discontentment resurfaced when bank savings accounts were frozen, a step needed to implement the dollarization.’
      • ‘Then a variety of problems emerged or resurfaced.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When authorities thought they had the situation under control, however, the virus resurfaced last month in Perak.’
      • ‘The interactive diary has provided me with images that resurface every time I open a diary I'm studying or writing about.’
      • ‘The virus, which caused brain damage in dozens of victims, has resurfaced this year in several Malaysian villages.’
      • ‘As I look through my high school belongings, many memories resurface.’
      • ‘She turned the dial slowly, the numbers resurfacing in her memory. 3… 27… 34.’
      • ‘Memories of her mother and father resurfaced in her mind, bright and clear.’
      • ‘Old feelings from ninth grade were resurfacing.’
    2. 2.2 (of a person) come out of hiding or obscurity.
      ‘he resurfaced under a false identity in Australia’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It seems she has resurfaced just in time to disrupt an illegal mission.’
      • ‘He resurfaced briefly in 1992, to play a rematch with Spassky for $5 million.’
      • ‘When the baron's wife resurfaces in the text to greet the king who is de passage, she again drips with disingenuousness.’
      • ‘This court has serious reservations about whether he would or could protect the children from the mother, when she resurfaces.’
      • ‘The crooks face a few setbacks but they soon resurface when the heat dies down.’
      • ‘She occasionally resurfaces to publish these short stories and to feed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 didn't play in 1950 but resurfaced briefly in Tijuana the following year at age 46.’
      • ‘Six weeks later, he resurfaced, and the internet breathed a huge sigh of relief.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘George's long-lost sister Emily similarly resurfaces as ‘a French lady, named De Thoux’ at the end of the novel.’
      • ‘But he had comparatively light punishment by Soviet standards (he was forbidden to travel for nine months) and he resurfaced.’
      • ‘Bacharach resurfaced only sporadically in the '70s and '80s, turning out the occasional hit with his new wife, Carole Bayer Sager.’
      • ‘After 25 years of silence, a notorious serial killer resurfaces to terrorize a whole new generation.’
      • ‘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.’