beneath the surface


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beneath 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 beneath the surface of the text and analyze the author's stylistic choices.
See also: beneath, 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 ?
Somewhere beyond I knew that it rose again, but of what value was that to me, since I did not know how great the distance that it maintained a level entirely beneath the surface of the water!
Filling my lungs with air, I dived beneath the surface and swam through the inky, icy blackness on and on along the submerged gallery.
After swimming a short distance beneath the surface the girl rose and looked about her.
She grasped what he meant and immediately took a deep breath, whereat he dove quickly beneath the surface pulling her down with him and again for a dozen strokes or more he swam thus wholly submerged.
The belly, which floated beneath the surface, and of which we could get only a glimpse now and then as the monster rose and fell with the billows, was entirely covered with metallic scales, of a color like that of the moon in misty weather.
After quitting this coast, the beast continued his voyage until we met with a land in which the nature of things seemed reversed -- for we here saw a great lake, at the bottom of which, more than a hundred feet beneath the surface of the water, there flourished in full leaf a forest of tall and luxuriant trees.
What passes in those remote depths-- what beings live, or can live, twelve or fifteen miles beneath the surface of the waters--what is the organisation of these animals, we can scarcely conjecture.
Far beneath the surface is water that will flow for countless ages after the surface water is exhausted.
Deaf, dumb, and blind it will lie sealed in its buried vault far beneath the surface of Barsoom--just a great, wonderful, beautiful brain with nothing to distract it from eternal thought.
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Strong currents lurk beneath the surface as water is drawn into the supply network.
Researchers said three of four massive plumes have been detected, stretching from just beneath the surface of the sea, to more than 4000ft deep.
But they will also find tensions beneath the surface as they talk to local farmers, teachers and civic leaders.
Every detail of this work helps to illuminate--just as when we read Eliot--the concealed story line whose presence beneath the surface of daily life often eludes us.
In booming dunes, the sound waves move downward and hit a layer of wet sand about 2 meters (6 feet) beneath the surface.