Definitions for facefeɪs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

face*feɪs(n.; v.)faced, fac•ing.

  1. (n.)the front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin.

    Category: Anatomy

  2. a look or expression on this part:

    a sad face.

  3. an expression or look that indicates ridicule, disgust, etc.; grimace:

    to make a face.

  4. cosmetics; makeup:

    to put on one's face.

    Category: Clothing

  5. impudence; boldness.

  6. outward appearance.

  7. outward show or pretense.

  8. good reputation; dignity; prestige.

  9. the amount specified in a bill or note, exclusive of interest.

    Category: Business

  10. the manifest sense or express terms, as of a document.

  11. the surface:

    the face of the earth.

  12. the side, or part of a side, upon which the use of a thing depends:

    the face of a playing card.

  13. the most important or most frequently seen side; front.

  14. the outer or upper side of a fabric; right side.

    Category: Clothing, Textiles

  15. any of the bounding surfaces of a solid figure:

    a cube has six faces.

    Category: Math

  16. the front or end of a drift or excavation, where the material is being or was last mined.

    Category: Mining

  17. the working surface of a printer's type or plate, etc. any design of type, including a full range of characters, as letters, numbers, and marks of punctuation, in all sizes.

    broad or narrow face.

    Category: Printing

    Ref: Also called typeface.; Also called typeface.

  18. either of the two outer sides that form the salient of a bastion.

    Category: Fortification

  19. any of the plane surfaces of a crystal.

    Category: Crystallography

  20. (v.t.)to look toward or in the direction of:

    to face the light.

  21. to have the front toward or permit a view of:

    The building faces the street.

  22. to confront directly:

    to face the future.

  23. to confront courageously or impudently (usu. fol. by down or out):

    facing down an opponent.

  24. to oppose or to meet defiantly:

    to face fearful odds.

  25. to cover or partly cover with a different material in front:

    They faced the wooden house with brick.

  26. to finish the edge of (a garment) with facing.

    Category: Clothing

  27. to turn the face of (a playing card) upwards.

    Category: Games

  28. to dress or smooth the surface of (a stone or the like).

    Category: Building Trades

  29. (v.i.)to turn or be turned:

    She faced toward the sea.

  30. to be placed with the front in a certain direction:

    The barn faces south.

  31. to turn to the right, left, or in the opposite direction:

    Left face!

  32. face off, Ice Hockey. to start play, as to begin a game or period, with a face-off. to confront, as in a contest.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Sport, Common Vocabulary

  33. face up to, to admit. to meet courageously; confront.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Idioms for face:

  1. face the music,to accept the consequences of one's actions.

    Category: Idiom

  2. in (or out of ) someone's face,Slang.annoying (or ceasing to annoy) someone:

    You're always in my face!

    Category: Idiom

  3. in the face of, in spite of; notwithstanding. when confronted with.

    Category: Idiom

  4. lose face,to suffer humiliation.

    Category: Idiom

  5. on the face of it,according to appearances; seemingly.

    Category: Idiom

  6. save face,to escape from humiliation.

    Category: Idiom

  7. show one's face,to be seen; make an appearance.

    Category: Idiom

  8. to one's face,in one's very presence; in direct confrontation.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: face , countenance , visage refer to the front of the (usu. human) head. face is used when referring to physical features: a pretty face with high cheekbones. countenance , a more formal word, denotes the face as it is affected by or reveals a person's state of mind; hence, it often signifies the look or expression on the face: a thoughtful countenance. visage , still more formal, refers to the face as seen in a certain aspect, esp. as revealing a person's character: a stern visage.

Origin of face:

1250–1300; ME < AF, OF < VL *facia, for L faciēsfacies


Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. face(noun)

    the general outward appearance of something

    "the face of the city is changing"

  4. face(noun)

    the striking or working surface of an implement

  5. face(noun)

    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"

  6. side, face(noun)

    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"

  7. face(noun)

    the part of an animal corresponding to the human face

  8. face(noun)

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

    "he dealt the cards face down"

  9. grimace, face(noun)

    a contorted facial expression

    "she made a grimace at the prospect"

  10. font, fount, typeface, face, case(noun)

    a specific size and style of type within a type family

  11. face(noun)

    status in the eyes of others

    "he lost face"

  12. boldness, nerve, brass, face, cheek(noun)

    impudent aggressiveness

    "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty"

  13. face(verb)

    a vertical surface of a building or cliff

  14. confront, face up, face(verb)

    deal with (something unpleasant) head on

    "You must confront your problems"; "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"

  15. confront, face(verb)

    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"

  16. 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"

  17. face(verb)

    be opposite

    "the facing page"; "the two sofas face each other"

  18. face(verb)

    turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction

    "Turn and face your partner now"

  19. 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"

  20. face(verb)

    turn so as to expose the face

    "face a playing card"

  21. face(verb)

    line the edge (of a garment) with a different material

    "face the lapels of the jacket"

  22. face(verb)

    cover the front or surface of

    "The building was faced with beautiful stones"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. face(noun)ɪs

    the part of your body where your eyes, nose, mouth etc. are

    his cute round face; She had a funny look on her face.; I could feel the heat on my face.; She slapped/hit me in the face.

  2. faceɪs

    sb's expression

    You should have seen her face when I told her!; his happy/sad/grumpy etc. face

  3. faceɪs

    used with adjectives to indicate a particular type of person

    lots of famous faces at the party; not a familiar face in the room

  4. faceɪs

    the side of sth large

    the cliff/rock face; the north face of the mountain

  5. faceɪs

    one part of an idea; = aspect

    the acceptable face of globalization

  6. faceɪs

    the character of sth

    the changing face of medicine

  7. faceɪs

    lying in a position with your face looking at the ground

    Lie face down on the floor.

  8. faceɪs

    (of two people) looking directly at each other

    They stood face to face.

  9. faceɪs

    dealing directly with sth difficult

    people who have come face to face with great danger

  10. faceɪs

    lying in a position with your face looking up

    He lay face up on the bed.

  11. faceɪs

    when forced to deal with sth difficult

    People often panic in the face of change.

  12. faceɪs

    to damage your reputation

  13. faceɪs

    to give your face a funny or disapproving expression

    kids making faces at each other; He tasted it and made a face.

  14. faceɪs

    to avoid damaging your reputation

  15. faceɪs

    indicates that you say sth directly to sb

    I'm not afraid to tell him to his face.

  16. faceɪs

    emphasizes that sth cannot be found

  17. face(verb)ɪs

    to have the front turned toward

    The house faces North.; The two boys sat facing each other.; Turn the chair to face the wall.

  18. faceɪs

    to deal with or accept a difficult situation

    a species facing extinction; The company is faced with two problems.; I can't face listening to her stories again.; You'll have to face the fact that he's not coming back.

  19. faceɪs

    used to tell sb they must accept sth

    Let's face it, we're not rich.


  1. face(Noun)

    The front part of the head, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth and the surrounding area.

    She has a pretty face.

  2. face(Noun)

    One's facial expression.

    Why the sad face?

  3. face(Noun)

    The public image; outward appearance.

  4. face(Noun)

    The frontal aspect of something.

    The face of the cliff loomed above them.

  5. face(Noun)

    The directed force of something.

    They turned to boat into the face of the storm.

  6. face(Noun)

    Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. (See lose face, save face).

  7. face(Noun)

    Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron. More generally, any of the bounding pieces of a polytope of any dimension.

  8. face(Noun)

    Any surface; especially a front or outer one.

  9. face(Noun)

    The numbered dial of a clock or watch.

  10. face(Verb)

    to position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).

    Face the sun.

  11. face(Verb)

    to have its front closest to (something else).

    Turn the chair so it faces the table.

  12. face(Verb)

    To deal with (a difficult situation or person).

    I'm going to have to face this sooner or later.

  13. face(Verb)

    To have the front in a certain direction.

    The bunkers faced north and east, toward Germany.

  14. face(Verb)

    to have as an opponent

  15. face(Verb)

    To be the striking batsman.*

  16. face(Noun)

    The mouth.

  17. face(Noun)

    Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.

    I'll be out in a sec, just let me put on my face.

  18. face(Noun)

    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.

  19. face(Noun)

    The front surface of a bat.

  20. face(Noun)

    The part of a that hits the ball.

  21. face(Noun)

    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).

  22. face(Noun)

    A typeface.

  23. Origin: face, from * < Classical facies

Webster Dictionary

  1. Face(noun)

    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

  2. Face(noun)

    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. Face(noun)

    the principal dressed surface of a plate, disk, or pulley; the principal flat surface of a part or object

  4. Face(noun)

    that part of the acting surface of a cog in a cog wheel, which projects beyond the pitch line

  5. Face(noun)

    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

  6. Face(noun)

    the upper surface, or the character upon the surface, of a type, plate, etc

  7. Face(noun)

    the style or cut of a type or font of type

  8. Face(noun)

    outside appearance; surface show; look; external aspect, whether natural, assumed, or acquired

  9. Face(noun)

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

  10. Face(noun)

    cast of features; expression of countenance; look; air; appearance

  11. Face(noun)

    ten degrees in extent of a sign of the zodiac

  12. Face(noun)

    maintenance of the countenance free from abashment or confusion; confidence; boldness; shamelessness; effrontery

  13. Face(noun)

    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

  14. Face(noun)

    mode of regard, whether favorable or unfavorable; favor or anger; mostly in Scriptural phrases

  15. Face(noun)

    the end or wall of the tunnel, drift, or excavation, at which work is progressing or was last done

  16. Face(noun)

    the exact amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, or other mercantile paper, without any addition for interest or reduction for discount

  17. Face(verb)

    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

  18. Face(verb)

    to Confront impudently; to bully

  19. Face(verb)

    to stand opposite to; to stand with the face or front toward; to front upon; as, the apartments of the general faced the park

  20. Face(verb)

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

  21. Face(verb)

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

  22. Face(verb)

    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

  23. Face(verb)

    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

  24. Face(verb)

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

  25. Face(verb)

    to carry a false appearance; to play the hypocrite

  26. Face(verb)

    to turn the face; as, to face to the right or left

  27. Face(verb)

    to present a face or front


  1. Face

    The face is a central sense organ complex, normally on the ventral surface of the head for animals that have one.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Face

    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

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'face' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #291

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'face' in Written Corpus Frequency: #797

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'face' in Nouns Frequency: #75

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'face' in Verbs Frequency: #138

Anagrams of face

  1. cafe, café

  2. Café

Translations for face

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the front part of the head, from forehead to chin

a beautiful face.

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