from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, affecting, or being on or near the surface: a superficial wound.
- adj. Concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; shallow.
- adj. Apparent rather than actual or substantial: a superficial resemblance.
- adj. Trivial; insignificant: made only a few superficial changes in the manuscript.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Shallow, lacking substance.
- adj. At face value.
- adj. Of or pertaining to the surface.
- adj. Being near the surface.
- adj. Two-dimensional; drawn on a flat surface.
- n. A surface detail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to the superficies, or surface; lying on the surface; shallow; not deep.
- adj. Reaching or comprehending only what is obvious or apparent; not deep or profound; shallow; -- said especially in respect to study, learning, and the like.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lying in or on, or pertaining to, the superficies or surface; not penetrating below the surface, literally or figuratively; being only on the surface; not reaching to the interior or essence; shallow: as, a superficial color; a superficial resemblance.
- Of persons or their mental states or acts, comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or profound; not thorough.
- In anatomy, not deep-seated or profound; lying on the surface of some part, or near but not on the surface of the whole body; subcutaneous; cutaneous: specifically said of various tissues and structures.
- Synonyms External, exterior, outer.
- Slight, smattering, shallow.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of, affecting, or being on or near the surface
- adj. concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually
- adj. of little substance or significance
Middle English, from Old French superficiel, from Latin superficiālis, from superficiēs, surface; see superficies.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)