Search Result for "surf":
1. waves breaking on the shore;
[syn: surf, breaker, breakers]
1. ride the waves of the sea with a surfboard;
- Example: "Californians love to surf"
[syn: surfboard, surf]
2. look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular;
- Example: "browse a computer directory"
- Example: "surf the internet or the world wide web"
[syn: browse, surf]
3. switch channels, on television;
[syn: surf, channel-surf]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Surf \Surf\, n. The bottom of a drain. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Surf \Surf\, n. [Formerly spelled suffe, and probably the same word as E. sough.] The swell of the sea which breaks upon the shore, esp. upon a sloping beach. [1913 Webster] Surf bird (Zool.), a ploverlike bird of the genus Aphriza, allied to the turnstone. Surf clam (Zool.), a large clam living on the open coast, especially Mactra solidissima (syn. Spisula solidissima). See Mactra. Surf duck (Zool.), any one of several species of sea ducks of the genus Oidemia, especially Oidemia percpicillata; -- called also surf scoter. See the Note under Scoter. Surf fish (Zool.), any one of numerous species of California embiotocoid fishes. See Embiotocoid. Surf smelt. (Zool.) See Smelt. Surf whiting. (Zool.) See under Whiting. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
surf n 1: waves breaking on the shore [syn: surf, breaker, breakers] v 1: ride the waves of the sea with a surfboard; "Californians love to surf" [syn: surfboard, surf] 2: look around casually and randomly, without seeking anything in particular; "browse a computer directory"; "surf the internet or the world wide web" [syn: browse, surf] 3: switch channels, on television [syn: surf, channel-surf]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
62 Moby Thesaurus words for "surf": billow, bore, breakers, chop, choppiness, chopping sea, collar, comb, comber, dirty water, eagre, foam, froth, gravity wave, ground swell, head, heave, heavy sea, heavy swell, lather, lift, lop, meringue, mousse, offscum, peak, popple, puff, riffle, ripple, rise, roll, roller, rough water, scend, scud, scum, sea, sea foam, send, soapsuds, souffle, spindrift, spoondrift, spray, spume, stinging, suds, surge, swell, tidal bore, tidal wave, tide wave, trough, tsunami, undulation, water wave, wave, wavelet, white horses, white water, whitecapsV.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
SURF System Utilization Reporting FacilityThe Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003):
surf v. [from the ?surf? idiom for rapidly flipping TV channels] To traverse the Internet in search of interesting stuff, used esp. if one is doing so with a World Wide Web browser. It is also common to speak of surfing in to a particular resource. Hackers adopted this term early, but many have stopped using it since it went completely mainstream around 1995. The passive, couch-potato connotations that go with TV channel surfing were never pleasant, and hearing non-hackers wax enthusiastic about ?surfing the net? tends to make hackers feel a bit as though their home is being overrun by ignorami.