What does face mean?

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Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word face.

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"


  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


  1. Face

    The face is the front of an animal's head that features three of the head's sense organs, the eyes, nose, and mouth, and through which animals express many of their emotions. The face is crucial for human identity, and damage such as scarring or developmental deformities affects the psyche adversely.

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

  28. 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.]


  1. Face

    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

  1. Face

    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

  1. Face

    The anterior portion of the head that includes the skin, muscles, and structures of the forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, and jaw.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. face

    The edge of a sharp instrument. Also, the word of command to soldiers, marines, and small-arm men, to turn upon the heel a quarter or half a circle round in the direction ordered.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. face

    A term of varied application. In fortification, it is an appellation given to several parts of a fortress, as the face of the bastion, which is the two sides, reaching from the flanks to the salient angles. The prolonged or extended face is that part of the line of defense which is terminated by the curtain and the angle of the shoulder. Strictly taken, it is the line of defense rayant, diminished by the face of the bastion.

  2. face

    In tactics, is the turning of a soldier on his heels as a “right face”; also the word of command for the movement. To face is to turn on the heels.

Editors Contribution

  1. face

    The front part of the head of an animal or human being that includes the skin, muscles, forehead, eyes, eyebrow, eyelash,nose, mouth, cheeks, cheekbones, jaw and other facial parts.

    The face is an amazing part of our body, it includes so many different parts.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  

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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 for face »

  1. cafe, café

  2. Café

How to pronounce face?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of face in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of face in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of face in a Sentence

  1. Jeffrey Spiegel:

    The face says a lot.

  2. Ye Myat Thu:

    We face many challenges.

  3. Kathy Santos:

    There was Esteban's face.

  4. Rob Bishop:

    Last week, my face broke out.

  5. Stormy Daniels:

    His face is burned in my memory.

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