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Meaning of face by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English from Anglo-Norman, from Old French face ( Modern French face ), from Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin facies ( “form, appearance” ), from facere "to make", "to do". Replaced native Middle English onlete "face, countenance, appearance" ( from Old English andwlite, andwlita, compare Old English ansīen "face" ), Middle English neb "face, nose" ( from Old English nebb ), Middle English ler, leor, leer "face, cheek, countenance" ( from Old English hlēor ), and non-native Middle English vis "face, appearance, look" ( from Old French vis ) .

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    • enPR: fās, IPA: /feɪs/, X-SAMPA: /feIs/
    • Rhymes: -eɪs


    face ( plural: faces )

    1. ( anatomy ) The front part of the head, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth and the surrounding area .
      She has a pretty face .
    2. One's facial expression .
      Why the sad face?
    3. The public image; outward appearance .
      The face of this company .
      He managed to show a bold face despite his embarrassment .
    4. The frontal aspect of something .
      The face of the cliff loomed above them .
    5. The directed force of something .
      They turned to boat into the face of the storm .
    6. Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. ( See lose face, save face ) .
    7. ( geometry ) Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron. More generally, any of the bounding pieces of a polytope of any dimension .
    8. Any surface; especially a front or outer one .
      Put a big sign on each face of the building that can be seen from the road .
      They climbed the north face of the mountain .
      She wanted to wipe him off the face of the earth .
    9. The numbered dial of a clock or watch .
    10. ( slang ) The mouth .
      Shut your face!
      He's always stuffing his face with chips .
    11. ( slang ) Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application .
      I'll be out in a sec, just let me put on my face .
    12. ( slang, professional wrestling ) Short for babyface. A wrestler whose on-ring persona is embodying heroic or virtuous traits. Contrast with heel .
      The fans cheered on the face as he made his comeback .
    13. ( cricket ) The front surface of a bat .
    14. ( golf ) The part of a golf club that hits the ball .
    15. ( card games ) The side of the card that shows its value ( as opposed to the back side, which looks the same on all cards of the deck ) .
    16. ( typography ) A typeface .


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    face ( third-person singular simple present faces present participle facing, simple past and past participle faced )

    1. ( transitive, of a person or animal ) to position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to ( something ) .
      Face the sun .
    2. ( transitive, of an object ) to have its front closest to ( something else ) .
      Turn the chair so it faces the table .
    3. ( transitive ) To deal with ( a difficult situation or person ) .
      I'm going to have to face this sooner or later .
    4. ( intransitive ) To have the front in a certain direction .
      The bunkers faced north and east, toward Germany .
    5. ( transitive ) to have as an opponent
    6. ( intransitive ) ( cricket ) To be the striking batsman.*


    See also


    • frequency based on Project Gutenberg corpus">Most common English words before 1923: right · each · between · #174: face · tell · because · few

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Explanation of face by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. deal with ( something unpleasant ) head on

    2. He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes
    3. present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize

    4. He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions
      An enormous dilemma faces us
    5. oppose, as in hostility or a competition

    6. Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring
    7. cover the front or surface of

    8. The building was faced with beautiful stones
    9. line the edge ( of a garment ) with a different material

    10. face the lapels of the jacket
    11. turn so as to face

    12. Turn and face your partner now
    13. turn so as to expose the face

    14. face a playing card
    15. be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point

    16. The building faces the park
    17. be opposite

    18. the facing page
      the two sofas face each other
    1. a vertical surface of a building or cliff

    2. the side upon which the use of a thing depends ( usually the most prominent surface of an object )

    3. he dealt the cards face down
    4. the striking or working surface of an implement

    5. the general outward appearance of something

    6. the face of the city is changing
    7. the feelings expressed on a person's face

    8. an angry face
    9. impudent aggressiveness

    10. status in the eyes of others

    11. he lost face
    12. the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear

    13. he washed his face
      I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news
    14. the part of an animal corresponding to the human face

    15. a specific size and style of type within a type family

    16. a contorted facial expression

    17. a surface forming part of the outside of an object

    18. dew dripped from the face of the leaf
    19. a part of a person that is used to refer to a person

    20. he looked out at a roomful of faces
      when he returned to work he met many new faces

    Definition of face by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Face ( fās ), n. [F., from L. facies form, shape, face, perh. from facere to make ( see Fact ); or perh. orig. meaning appearance, and from a root meaning to shine, and akin to E. fancy. Cf. Facetious.]
      1. The exterior form or appearance of anything; that part which presents itself to the view; especially, the front or upper part or surface; that which particularly offers itself to the view of a spectator.

      A mist . . . watered the whole face of the ground. Gen. ii. 6.

      Lake Leman wooes me with its crystal face. Byron.

      2. That part of a body, having several sides, which may be seen from one point, or which is presented toward a certain direction; one of the bounding planes of a solid; as, “a cube has six faces”.

      3. ( Mach. ) The principal dressed surface of a plate, disk, or pulley; the principal flat surface of a part or object. That part of the acting surface of a cog in a cog wheel, which projects beyond the pitch line. The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end to end; as, “a pulley or cog wheel of ten inches face”.

      4. ( Print. ) The upper surface, or the character upon the surface, of a type, plate, etc. The style or cut of a type or font of type.

      5. Outside appearance; surface show; look; external aspect, whether natural, assumed, or acquired.

      To set a face upon their own malignant design. Milton.

      This would produce a new face of things in Europe. Addison.

      We wear a face of joy, because

      We have been glad of yore. Wordsworth.

      6. That part of the head, esp. of man, in which the eyes, cheeks, nose, and mouth are situated; visage; countenance.

      In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. Gen. iii. 19.

      7. Cast of features; expression of countenance; look; air; appearance.

      We set the best faceon it we could. Dryden.

      8. ( Astrol. ) Ten degrees in extent of a sign of the zodiac. Chaucer.

      9. Maintenance of the countenance free from abashment or confusion; confidence; boldness; shamelessness; effrontery.

      This is the man that has the face to charge others with false citations. Tillotson.

      10. Presence; sight; front; as in the phrases, before the face of, in the immediate presence of; in the face of, before, in, or against the front of; as, “to fly in the face of danger”; to the face of, directly to; from the face of, from the presence of.

      11. Mode of regard, whether favorable or unfavorable; favor or anger; mostly in Scriptural phrases.

      The Lord make his face to shine upon thee. Num. vi. 25.

      My face [favor] will I turn also from them. Ezek. vii. 22.

      12. ( Mining ) The end or wall of the tunnel, drift, or excavation, at which work is progressing or was last done.

      13. ( Com. ) The exact amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, or other mercantile paper, without any addition for interest or reduction for discount; most commonly called face value. McElrath.

      ☞ Face is used either adjectively or as part of a compound; as, face guard or face-guard; face cloth; face plan or face-plan; face hammer.

      Face ague ( Med. ), a form of neuralgia, characterized by acute lancinating pains returning at intervals, and by twinges in certain parts of the face, producing convulsive twitches in the corresponding muscles; -- called also tic douloureux. -- Face card, one of a pack of playing cards on which a human face is represented; the king, queen, or jack. -- Face cloth, a cloth laid over the face of a corpse. -- Face guard, a mask with windows for the eyes, worn by workman exposed to great heat, or to flying particles of metal, stone, etc., as in glass works, foundries, etc. -- Face hammer, a hammer having a flat face. -- Face joint ( Arch. ), a joint in the face of a wall or other structure. -- Face mite ( Zool. ), a small, elongated mite ( Demdex folliculorum ), parasitic in the hair follicles of the face. -- Face mold, the templet or pattern by which carpenters, etc., outline the forms which are to be cut out from boards, sheet metal, etc. -- Face plate. ( Turning ) A plate attached to the spindle of a lathe, to
      which the work to be turned may be attached. A covering plate for an object, to receive wear or shock. A true plane for testing a dressed surface. Knight. -- Face wheel. ( Mach. ) A crown wheel. A wheel whose disk face is adapted for grinding and polishing; a lap. -- face value the value written on a financial instrument; same as face{13. Also used metaphorically, to mean apparent value; as, “to take his statemnet at its face value”.

      Cylinder face ( Steam Engine ), the flat part of a steam cylinder on which a slide valve moves. -- Face of an anvil, its flat upper surface. -- Face of a bastion ( Fort. ), the part between the salient and the shoulder angle. -- Face of coal ( Mining ), the principal cleavage plane, at right angles to the stratification. -- Face of a gun, the surface of metal at the muzzle. -- Face of a place ( Fort. ), the front comprehended between the flanked angles of two neighboring bastions. Wilhelm. -- Face of a square ( Mil. ), one of the sides of a battalion when formed in a square. -- Face of a watch, clock, compass, card etc., the dial or graduated surface on which a pointer indicates the time of day, point of tFace ( fās ), n. [F., from L. facies form, shape, face, perh. from facere to make ( see Fact ); or perh. orig. meaning appearance, and from a root meaning to shine, and akin to E. fancy. Cf. Facetious.]
      1. The exterior form or appearance of anything; that part which presents itself to the view; especially, the front or upper part or surface; that which particularly offers itself to the view of a spectator.

      A mist . . . watered the whole face of the ground. Gen. ii. 6.

      Lake Leman wooes me with its crystal face. Byron.

    2. Face ( fās ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Faced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Facing]
      1. To meet in front; to oppose with firmness; to resist, or to meet for the purpose of stopping or opposing; to confront; to encounter; as, “to face an enemy in the field of battle”.

      I'll face

      This tempest, and deserve the name of king. Dryden.

      2. To Confront impudently; to bully.

      I will neither be facednor braved. Shak.

      3. To stand opposite to; to stand with the face or front toward; to front upon; as, “the apartments of the general faced the park; some of the seats on the train faced backward”.

      He gained also with his forces that part of Britain which faces Ireland. Milton.

      4. To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon; as, “a building faced with marble”.

      5. To line near the edge, esp. with a different material; as, “to face the front of a coat, or the bottom of a dress”.

      6. To cover with better, or better appearing, material than the mass consists of, for purpose of deception, as the surface of a box of tea, a barrel of sugar, etc.

      7. ( Mach. ) To make the surface of ( anything ) flat or smooth; to dress the face of ( a stone, a casting, etc. ); esp., in turning, to shape or smooth the flat surface of, as distinguished from the cylindrical surface.

      8. To cause to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.

      To face down, to put down by bold or impudent opposition. “He faced men down.” Prior. -- To face ( a thing ) out, to persist boldly or impudently in an assertion or in a line of conduct. “That thinks with oaths to face the matter out.” Shak. -- to face the music to admit error and accept reprimand or punishment as a consequence for having failed or having done something wrong; to willingly experience an unpleasant situation out of a sense of duty or obligation; as, “as soon as he broke the window with the football, Billy knew he would have to face the music”.

    3. Face, v. i.
      1. To carry a false appearance; to play the hypocrite. “To lie, to face, to forge.” Spenser.

      2. To turn the face; as, “to face to the right or left”.

      Face about, man; a soldier, and afraid! Dryden.

      3. To present a face or front.