below the surface


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below the surface

The deeper aspects of something, as opposed to the traits that are most easily identified. When you write your book reports, please look below the surface of the text and analyze the author's stylistic choices.
See also: below, surface

below/beneath the ˈsurface

what you cannot see but can only guess at or feel: She seems very calm but beneath the surface I’m sure that she’s very upset.Beneath the surface of this beautiful city there is terrible poverty and suffering, which tourists never see.
See also: below, beneath, surface
References in classic literature ?
Omean lies perhaps two miles below the surface crust of Mars.
I was close behind her when she rose for the second time--a shadowy thing, just visible a few inches below the surface of the river.
Arrived at this stage of one hundred and sixty feet below the surface of the glacier, he peered through the twilight dimness and perceived that the chasm took another turn and stretched away at a steep slant to unknown deeps, for its course was lost in darkness.
I find that even so long ago as 1792, in a "Topographical Description of the Town of Concord," by one of its citizens, in the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, the author, after speaking of Walden and White Ponds, adds, "In the middle of the latter may be seen, when the water is very low, a tree which appears as if it grew in the place where it now stands, although the roots are fifty feet below the surface of the water; the top of this tree is broken off, and at that place measures fourteen inches in diameter.
Up and down the long tank she swam, turning at the ends as you have seen captive seals turn in their tiny tanks, turning upon their backs and diving below the surface.
When we reached the edge of the pit I saw that it was very deep, and presently I realized I was soon to judge just how far it extended below the surface of the court, for he who held the rope passed it about my body in such a way that it could be released from above at any time; and then, as all the warriors grasped it, he pushed me forward, and I fell into the yawning abyss.
In its subtlest operations, further, Imagination penetrates below the surface and comprehends and brings to light the deeper forces and facts--the real controlling instincts of characters, the real motives for actions, and the relations of material things to those of the spiritual world and of Man to Nature and God.
Below the Surface Cleaning Services--Kristen Kennedy & Michele Stutzman
internet to an iceberg - traditional searches pick - up around four per cent of all information stored, with most of it hidden below the surface.
The ore body extends to 430m below the surface, with the majority of the proposed mining to take place at a depth of 270m to 350m below the surface.
This area is at its peak in spring and because of the extensive tree roots just below the surface of the soil, plants tend to diminish in hot weather.
55 miles)A below the surface together with the Geological Survey of Belgium (GSB) and the Technical University in Aachen.
8 g/t gold at Horseshoe, 144 metres below the surface or 176.
It's something that is always right below the surface.
Broad intervals of high-grade copper and gold mineralisation identified from as shallow as 15m below the surface down to 600m below the surface.