Su`per*fi"cies (?), n. [L., fr. super above, over + facies make, figure, shape. See Surface.]

1.

The surface; the exterior part, superficial area, or face of a thing.

2. CivilLaw (a)

Everything on the surface of a piece of ground, or of a building, so closely connected by art or nature as to constitute a part of it, as houses, or other superstructures, fences, trees, vines, etc.

(b)

A real right consisting of a grant by a landed proprietor of a piece of ground, bearing a strong resemblance to the long building leases granted by landholders in England, in consideration of a rent, and under reservation of the ownership of the soil.

Bouvier. Wharton.

 

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