- surface mail - In international mail, mail that is transported by any mode other than air (that is, sea, rail, or highway).
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surface mail — ➔ mail1 * * * surface mail UK US noun [U] ► COMMUNICATIONS, TRANSPORT the service in which letters, packages, etc., are sent by road, ship, or train, rather than by plane, or mail that is sent in this way: send sth (by) surface mail »I sent the… … Financial and business terms
surface mail — surface ,mail noun uncount mail that is sent by train, truck, or ship ─ compare AIRMAIL … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
surface mail — surface .mail n [U] the system of sending letters or packages by land or sea, rather than by air … Dictionary of contemporary English
surface mail — noun mail that is sent by land or sea • Ant: ↑air mail • Hypernyms: ↑mail * * * noun 1. : mail carried by land or sea transportation rather than by air 2. : the postal system or services handling surface mail … Useful english dictionary
surface mail — N UNCOUNT Surface mail is the system of sending letters and parcels by road, rail, or sea, not by air. Goods may be sent by surface mail or airmail … English dictionary
surface mail — sur′face mail n. 1) phi the system, esp. a government postal system, of sending mail by truck, train, or boat, as opposed to airmail 2) phi mail sent by this system • Etymology: 1930–35 … From formal English to slang
surface mail — /ˈsɜfəs meɪl/ (say serfuhs mayl) noun mail carried in a surface vehicle, as by truck, train, or ship (opposed to airmail) … Australian English dictionary
surface mail — 1. the system, esp. a government postal system, of sending mail by truck, train, or boat, as opposed to airmail. 2. mail sent by this system. * * * … Universalium
surface mail — noun (U) the system of sending letters or packages by land or sea … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
surface mail — UK / US noun [uncountable] post that is sent by road, railway, or sea • See: airmail … English dictionary