face, human face(noun)
the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear
"he washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
expression, look, aspect, facial expression, face(noun)
the feelings expressed on a person's face
"a sad expression"; "a look of triumph"; "an angry face"
the general outward appearance of something
"the face of the city is changing"
the striking or working surface of an implement
a part of a person that is used to refer to a person
"he looked out at a roomful of faces"; "when he returned to work he met many new faces"
a surface forming part of the outside of an object
"he examined all sides of the crystal"; "dew dripped from the face of the leaf"
the part of an animal corresponding to the human face
the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object)
"he dealt the cards face down"
a contorted facial expression
"she made a grimace at the prospect"
font, fount, typeface, face, case(noun)
a specific size and style of type within a type family
status in the eyes of others
"he lost face"
boldness, nerve, brass, face, cheek(noun)
"I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
a vertical surface of a building or cliff
confront, face up, face(verb)
deal with (something unpleasant) head on
"You must confront your problems"; "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"
oppose, as in hostility or a competition
"You must confront your opponent"; "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring"; "The two enemies finally confronted each other"
front, look, face(verb)
be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
"The house looks north"; "My backyard look onto the pond"; "The building faces the park"
"the facing page"; "the two sofas face each other"
turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction
"Turn and face your partner now"
confront, face, present(verb)
present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
"We confronted him with the evidence"; "He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions"; "An enormous dilemma faces us"
turn so as to expose the face
"face a playing card"
line the edge (of a garment) with a different material
"face the lapels of the jacket"
cover the front or surface of
"The building was faced with beautiful stones"
The front part of the head, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth and the surrounding area.
She has a pretty face.
One's facial expression.
Why the sad face?
The public image; outward appearance.
The frontal aspect of something.
The face of the cliff loomed above them.
The directed force of something.
They turned to boat into the face of the storm.
Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. (See lose face, save face).
Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron. More generally, any of the bounding pieces of a polytope of any dimension.
Any surface; especially a front or outer one.
The numbered dial of a clock or watch.
to position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).
Face the sun.
to have its front closest to (something else).
Turn the chair so it faces the table.
To deal with (a difficult situation or person).
I'm going to have to face this sooner or later.
To have the front in a certain direction.
The bunkers faced north and east, toward Germany.
to have as an opponent
To be the striking batsman.*
Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.
I'll be out in a sec, just let me put on my face.
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.
The front surface of a bat.
The part of a that hits the ball.
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).
Origin: face, from * < Classical facies
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
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
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
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
outside appearance; surface show; look; external aspect, whether natural, assumed, or acquired
that part of the head, esp. of man, in which the eyes, cheeks, nose, and mouth are situated; visage; countenance
cast of features; expression of countenance; look; air; appearance
ten degrees in extent of a sign of the zodiac
maintenance of the countenance free from abashment or confusion; confidence; boldness; shamelessness; effrontery
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
mode of regard, whether favorable or unfavorable; favor or anger; mostly in Scriptural phrases
the end or wall of the tunnel, drift, or excavation, at which work is progressing or was last done
the exact amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, or other mercantile paper, without any addition for interest or reduction for discount
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
to Confront impudently; to bully
to stand opposite to; to stand with the face or front toward; to front upon; as, the apartments of the general faced the park
to cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon; as, a building faced with marble
to line near the edge, esp. with a different material; as, to face the front of a coat, or the bottom of a dress
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
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
to cause to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction
to carry a false appearance; to play the hypocrite
to turn the face; as, to face to the right or left
to present a face or front
Origin: [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.]
The face is a central sense organ complex, normally on the ventral surface of the head for animals that have one.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fās, n. the front part of the head, including forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, and chin: the outside make or appearance: front or surface of anything: the edge of a cutting-tool, &c.: the part of a coal-seam actually being mined: cast of features, any special appearance or expression of the countenance: look, configuration: boldness, effrontery; presence: (B.) anger or favour.—v.t. to meet in the face or in front: to stand opposite to: to resist: to put an additional face or surface on; to cover in front.—v.i. to turn the face, as in military tactics—'right face,' &c.—ns. Face′-ache, neuralgia in the nerves of the face; Face′-card, a playing-card bearing a face (king, queen, or knave); Face′-cloth, a cloth laid over the face of a corpse.—adj. Faced, having the outer surface dressed, with the front, as of a dress, covered ornamentally with another material.—n. Face′-guard, a kind of mask to guard or protect the face.—adj. Face′less, without a face.—ns. Fac′er, one who puts on a false show: a bold-faced person: (slang) a severe blow on the face, anything that staggers one; Fac′ing, a covering in front for ornament or protection.—Face down, to abash by stern looks; Face out, to carry off by bold looks; Face the music (U.S. slang), to accept the situation at its worst; Face-to-face, in front of, in actual presence of.—Accept one's face, to show him favour or grant his request; Fly in the face of, to set one's self directly against; Have two faces, or Be two-faced, to be disingenuous; On the face of it, on its own showing: palpably plain; Pull a long face, to look dismal and unhappy; Put a good face on, to assume a bold or contented bearing as regards; Right face! Left face! Right about face! words of command, on which the soldiers individually turn to the side specified; Run one's face (U.S. slang), to obtain things on credit by sheer impudence; Set one's face against, to oppose strenuously; Show one's face, to appear, to come in view; Shut the door in his face, to shut the door before him, refusing him admittance; To his face, in his presence, openly. [Fr. face—L. ''facies'', form, face; perh. from facĕre, to make.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The anterior portion of the head that includes the skin, muscles, and structures of the forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, and jaw.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'face' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #291
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'face' in Written Corpus Frequency: #797
Rank popularity for the word 'face' in Nouns Frequency: #75
Rank popularity for the word 'face' in Verbs Frequency: #138
The numerical value of face in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of face in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
These people have bombed the mosque. I am face to face with people screaming.
All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.
Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.
Sometimes ... when you stand face to face with someone, you cannot see his face. (Following summit meeting with Ronald Reagan)
Life is a double-faced creature; one face is tragedy, the other one is comedy. We have no way but to face the first face with dignity!
Images & Illustrations of face
Translations for face
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for face »
Find a translation for the face definition in other languages:
Select another language: