having a specified kind of or number of (usually used in combination):
a sweet-faced child; the two-faced god.
the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin.
a look or expression on this part:
a sad face.
an expression or look that indicates ridicule, disgust, etc.; grimace:
The child put on a face when told to go to bed.
Excuse me while I go to the powder room to put on my face.
to have the face to ask such a rude question.
These are just old problems with new faces. The future presented a fair face to the fortunate youth.
outward show or pretense, especially as a means of preserving one’s dignity or of concealing a detrimental fact, condition, etc.:
Though shamed beyond words, he managed to show a bold face.
good reputation; dignity; prestige:
They hushed up the family scandal to preserve face.
the amount specified in a bill or note, exclusive of interest.
the manifest sense or express terms, as of a document.
the geographic characteristics or general appearance of a land surface.
the face of the earth.
the side, or part of a side, upon which the use of a thing depends:
the clock’s face; the face of a playing card.
the most important or most frequently seen side; front:
the face of a building.
the outer or upper side of a fabric; right side.
the acting, striking, or working surface of an implement, tool, etc.
Geometry. any of the bounding surfaces of a solid figure:
a cube has six faces.
Also called working face. Mining. the front or end of a drift or excavation, where the material is being or was last mined.
Nautical, Aeronautics. the rear or after side of a propeller blade (opposed to 1 (def 11.)).
Fortification. either of the two outer sides that form the salient angle of a bastion or the like.
Crystallography. any of the plane surfaces of a crystal.
Electronics. (def 3).
Archaic. sight; presence:
to flee from the face of the enemy.
verb (used with object), faced, facing.
to look toward or in the direction of:
to face the light.
to have the front toward or permit a view of:
The building faces Fifth Avenue. The bedroom faces the park.
to confront directly:
to be faced with a problem; to face the future confidently.
to confront courageously, boldly, or impudently (usually followed by down or out):
He could always face down his detractors.
to oppose or to meet defiantly:
to face fearful odds; Army faces Navy in today’s football game.
to cover or partly cover with a different material in front:
They faced the old wooden house with brick.
to finish the edge of a garment with , a piece of fabric added for ornament or strengthening.
to turn the face of (a playing card) upwards.
to dress or smooth the surface of (a stone or the like).
to cause (soldiers) to turn to the right, left, or in the opposite direction.
Ice Hockey. (of a referee) to put (the puck) in play by dropping it between two opposing players each having his or her stick on the ice and facing the goal of the opponent.
verb (used without object), faced, facing.
to turn or be turned (often followed by to or toward):
She faced toward the sea.
to be placed with the front in a certain direction (often followed by on, to, or toward):
The house faces on the street. The barn faces south.
to turn to the right, left, or in the opposite direction:
Ice Hockey. to face the puck; put the puck in play (often followed by off).
face down, to confront boldly or intimidate (an opponent, critic, etc.).
face up to,
face the music. (def 9).
face to face,
face to face with, in close proximity to; narrowly escaping; confronting:
face to face with death.
fly in the face of. 1 (def 35).
get out of someone’s face,
in someone’s face,
in your face, Slang.
in the face of,
lose face, to suffer disgrace, humiliation, or embarrassment:
It was impossible to apologize publicly without losing face.
make a face, to grimace, as in distaste or contempt; contort one’s face in order to convey a feeling or to amuse another:
She made a face when she was told the work wasn’t finished. The children made me laugh by making faces.
on the face of it, to outward appearances; superficially; seemingly:
On the face of it, there was no hope for a comeback.
put on a bold face, to give the appearance of confidence or assurance:
Everyone knew that he had been fired, even though he put on a bold face.
Also, put a bold face on.
save face, to avoid disgrace, humiliation, or embarrassment:
She tried to save face by saying that the bill had never arrived.
set one’s face against, to disapprove strongly of; oppose:
My parents have set their face against my becoming an actress.
show one’s face, to make an appearance; be seen:
I would be ashamed to show my face in such an outlandish outfit. Just show your face at the party and then you can leave.
to one’s face, in one’s presence; brazenly; directly:
Tell him to his face that he’s a liar!
(informal) make-up (esp in the phrase put one’s face on)
outward appearance: the face of the countryside is changing
appearance or pretence (esp in the phrases put a bold, good, bad, etc, face on)
worth in the eyes of others; dignity (esp in the phrases lose or save face)
(informal) impudence or effrontery
the main side of an object, building, etc, or the front: the face of a palace, a cliff face
the marked surface of an instrument, esp the dial of a timepiece
the functional or working side of an object, as of a tool or playing card
the uppermost part or surface: the face of the earth
Also called side. any one of the plane surfaces of a crystal or other solid figure
(mountaineering) a steep side of a mountain, bounded by ridges
either of the surfaces of a coin, esp the one that bears the head of a ruler
(Brit, slang) a well-known or important person
(printing) Also called typeface
(nautical, aeronautics) the aft or near side of a propeller blade
fly in the face of, to act in defiance of
in one’s face, directly opposite or against one
in face of, in the face of, despite
look someone in the face, to look directly at a person without fear or shame
on the face of it, to all appearances
set one’s face against, to oppose with determination
show one’s face, to make an appearance
(slang) (often imperative) shut one’s face, to be silent
to someone’s face, in someone’s presence; directly and openly: I told him the truth to his face
(informal) until one is blue in the face, to the utmost degree; indefinitely
when intr, often foll by to, towards, or on. to look or be situated or placed (in a specified direction): the house faces on the square
to be opposite: facing page 9
(transitive) to meet or be confronted by: in his work he faces many problems
(transitive) to accept or deal with something: let’s face it, you’re finished
(transitive) to provide with a surface of a different material: the cuffs were faced with velvet
to dress the surface of (stone or other material)
(transitive) to expose (a card) with the face uppermost
(military, mainly US) to order (a formation) to turn in a certain direction or (of a formation) to turn as required: right face!
(informal) face the music, to confront the consequences of one’s actions
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late 13c., “front of the head,” from Old French face (12c.) “face, countenance, look, appearance,” from Vulgar Latin *facia (cf. Italian faccia), from Latin facies “appearance, form, figure,” and secondarily “visage, countenance;” probably related to facere “to make” (see factitious).
Replaced Old English andwlita (from root of wlitan “to see, look”) and ansyn, the usual word (from the root of seon “see”). In French, the use of face for “front of the head” was given up 17c. and replaced by visage (older vis), from Latin visus “sight.” To lose face (or save face), 1876, is said to be from Chinese tu lien. Face value was originally (1878) of bank notes, postage stamps, etc.
“confront with assurance, show a bold face,” mid-15c., from face (n.) Related: Faced. To face the music is theatrical.
To insult; embarrass; humiliate; burn •This sense probably originated in basketball, where aggressive players put their hands in front of other players’ faces: face, which means to embarrass (1980s+ Students)
bag your face, dollface, feed one’s face, get out of someone’s face, go upside one’s face, have a red face, have egg on one’s face, not just another pretty face, laugh on the other side of one’s face, let’s face it, paleface, pieface, poker face, red face, she can sit on my face anytime, shit-faced, shoot off one’s mouth, a slap in the face, straight face, suck face, till one is blue in the face, what’s-his-name, white-face
means simply presence, as when it is recorded that Adam and Eve hid themselves from the “face [R.V., ‘presence’] of the Lord God” (Gen. 3:8; comp. Ex. 33:14, 15, where the same Hebrew word is rendered “presence”). The “light of God’s countenance” is his favour (Ps. 44:3; Dan. 9:17). “Face” signifies also anger, justice, severity (Gen. 16:6, 8; Ex. 2:15; Ps. 68:1; Rev. 6:16). To “provoke God to his face” (Isa. 65:3) is to sin against him openly. The Jews prayed with their faces toward the temple and Jerusalem (1 Kings 8:38, 44, 48; Dan. 6:10). To “see God’s face” is to have access to him and to enjoy his favour (Ps. 17:15; 27:8). This is the privilege of holy angels (Matt. 18:10; Luke 1:19). The “face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6) is the office and person of Christ, the revealer of the glory of God (John 1:14, 18).
[adverb feys-doun; noun feys-doun] /adverb ˈfeɪsˈdaʊn; noun ˈfeɪsˌdaʊn/ adverb 1. with the face or the front or upper surface downward: He was lying facedown on the floor. Deal the cards facedown on the table. noun 2. Also, face-down. Informal. a direct confrontation; showdown.
- Face flies
plural noun 1. flies (musca autumnalis) that attack cattle, feeding off their eye secretions
- Face fungus
noun phrase A beard; whiskers: Which do you fancy, the blue-eyed chap in the tux or the loser with the face fungus? (1972+)
noun, Machinery. 1. a disklike gear having teeth cut on the face more or less radially and engaging with a spur or helical pinion, the axis of which is at right angles to it.