One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A surface.‘the superficies of a sphere’
- ‘He found an analogue in the nature of the body-body relation: two bodies are united when their superficies touch and their movements take on a mutual dependence.’
- 1.1literary An outward part or appearance.‘the superficies of life’
Mid 16th century: from Latin, from super- ‘above’ + facies ‘face’.
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