The waves of the sea as they break upon a shore or reef.
v. surfed, surf·ing, surfs
1. To engage in surfing.
2. Informal To look at a variety of things casually, especially while browsing the internet or television channels.
a. To ride on or along (a wave) on a surfboard.
b. To engage in surfing at: had never surfed Malibu Beach.
2. Informal To browse (the internet or television channels, for example).
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