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superficial

(of measurements) involving only the surface area
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"We'll admit, princess, that that's not superficial," he said, "but internal.
In spite of superficial, fantastic and sham notions of honour and dignity, all but very few of us positively grovelled before Zverkov, and the more so the more he swaggered.
Of course a great deal of that, too, was superficial and an assumption of cynicism; of course there were glimpses of youth and freshness even in their depravity; but even that freshness was not attractive, and showed itself in a certain rakishness.
He began to wonder whether he had anything more than a superficial cleverness of the hand which enabled him to copy objects with accuracy.
It was notorious that the Salon had refused pictures which were afterwards famous; it was the first time Philip had sent, and he must expect a rebuff; Flanagan's success was explicable, his picture was showy and superficial: it was just the sort of thing a languid jury would see merit in.
Fancy may for convenience be considered as a distinct faculty, though it is really the lighter, partly superficial, aspect of Imagination.
Are the descriptions concrete and accurate, or on the other hand purposely general (impressionistic) or carelessly superficial? Do they give fine variations of appearance and impression, such as delicate shiftings of light and shade and delicate tones of color?
"Oh, yes," he said with the brightest superficial eagerness, "you wanted me to tell you something."
This is an idea not superficial or futile, but solid and weighty.
One of the prisoners was nursing a superficial wound in the foot.
Compreendendo a relacao entre os parametros abordados neste topico, a parcela B gerou menores processos erosivos, estando diretamente relacionada com a densa cobertura vegetal que protege o solo e mesmo apresentando valores relevantes de escoamento superficial nao houve grande perda de solo (380 gramas por [metro.sup.2]).
It is especially important to understand these variations in order to avoid misdiagnosing forearm pathology, as described by McWilliams et al (27), when a variant superficial ulnar artery was clinically mistaken for phlebitis.