WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
face /feɪs/USA pronunciation
n., v., faced, fac•ing. n.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Anatomy[countable] the front part of the head.
- a look or expression on the face:[countable]a sad face.
- outward appearance:[countable; usually singular]The pioneers changed the face of the wilderness.
- the surface of something:[countable; usually singular]The ship seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth.
- to look toward:[~ + object]She turned and faced the sea.
- to have the front toward: [~ + object]The barn faces the field.[no object]The barn faced south.
- to confront or meet directly or boldly:[~ + object]You have to face facts.
- face up to, [~ + up + to + object]
- to admit:You must face up to your mistake.
- to meet courageously:He had to face up to the possibility of losing his job.
[root.]-face- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "form;
- Idiomsface to face:
- opposite one another;
facing:The dancers stood face to face with their partners.
- confronting one another:The two candidates finally met face to face.
- Idiomsin the face of, in spite of;
notwithstanding:He was steadfast in the face of many obstacles.
- lose face, to be humiliated or embarrassed:It was impossible to apologize publicly without losing face.
- Idiomsmake a face, to put an exaggerated expression, as of dismay or disgust, on one's face: [no object]After the teacher scolded her, the child made a face and sat down.[ make + a + ~ + at + obj]:The child made a face at the dentist.
- Idiomsto someone's face, in one's very presence:Tell her how you feel to her face.
make''. It is related to -fac-. This meaning is found in such words as: deface, facade, face, facet, facial, surface.
(fās),USA pronunciation n., v., faced, fac•ing. n.
- Anatomythe 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.
makeup:Excuse me while I go to the powder room to put on my face.
boldness:to have the face to ask such a rude question.
- outward appearance:These are just old problems with new faces. The future presented a fair face to the fortunate youth.
- outward show or pretense, esp. 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;
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.
- Geography, Place Namesthe geographic characteristics or general appearance of a land surface.
- the 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.
- Clothing, Textilesthe outer or upper side of a fabric;
- the acting, striking, or working surface of an implement, tool, etc.
- Mathematics[Geom.]any of the bounding surfaces of a solid figure:a cube has six faces.
- MiningAlso called working face. the front or end of a drift or excavation, where the material is being or was last mined.
- Printingthe working surface of a type, of a plate, etc. See diag. under type.
- PrintingAlso called typeface. any design of type, including a full range of characters, as letters, numbers, and marks of punctuation, in all sizes:Caslon is one of the most popular faces.See table under typeface.
- PrintingAlso called typeface. the general style or appearance of type:broad or narrow face.
- Aeronautics, Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut., Aeron.]the rear or after side of a propeller blade (opposed to back).
- [Fort.]either of the two outer sides that form the salient angle of a bastion or the like. See diag. under bastion.
- Crystallographyany of the plane surfaces of a crystal.
- Electronicsfaceplate (def. 3).
presence:to flee from the face of the enemy.
- Idiomsface to face:
- facing or opposite one another:We sat face to face at the table.
- in an open, personal meeting or confrontation:The leaders spoke face to face about a reduction in nuclear arms.
- Idiomsface to face with, in close proximity to;
confronting:face to face with death.
- Idiomsfly in the face of. See fly 1 (def. 21).
- Dialect Terms, Idiomsget out of someone's face (usually used imperatively)
- Dialect Terms[Southern U.S.]go away!;
- Slang Termsto stop bothering or annoying someone.
- Idiomsin the face of:
- in spite of;
notwithstanding:She persevered in the face of many obstacles.
- when confronted with:They were steadfast in the face of disaster.
- Idiomslose face, to suffer disgrace, humiliation, or embarrassment:It was impossible to apologize publicly without losing face.
- Idiomsmake 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.
- Idiomson the face of it, to outward appearances;
seemingly:On the face of it, there was no hope for a comeback.
- Idiomsput 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.
- Idiomssave face, to avoid disgrace, humiliation, or embarrassment:She tried to save face by saying that the bill had never arrived.
- Idiomsset one's face against, to disapprove strongly of;
oppose:My parents have set their face against my becoming an actress.
- Idiomsshow 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.
- Idiomsto one's face, in one's presence;
directly:Tell him to his face that he's a liar!
- 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 fol. 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.
- Clothingto finish the edge of a garment with facing.
- Gamesto turn the face of (a playing card) upwards.
- to dress or smooth the surface of (a stone or the like).
- Militaryto cause (soldiers) to turn to the right, left, or in the opposite direction.
- Sport[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.
- to turn or be turned (often fol. by to or toward):She faced toward the sea.
- to be placed with the front in a certain direction (often fol. 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:Left face!
- Sport[Ice Hockey.]to face the puck (often fol. by off).
- face down, to confront boldly or intimidate (an opponent, critic, etc.).
- Sportface off, [Ice Hockey.]to start a game or period with a face-off.
- Idiomsface the music. See music (def. 9).
- face up to:
- to acknowledge;
admit:to face up to the facts.
- to meet courageously;
confront:He refused to face up to his problems.
- Vulgar Latin *facia, for Latin faciēs facies; (verb, verbal) late Middle English facen, derivative of the noun, nominal
- Anglo-French, Old French
- (noun, nominal) Middle English 1250–1300
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Face, countenance, visage refer to the front of the (usually human) head. The face is the combination of the features:a face with broad cheekbones.Countenance, a more formal word, denotes the face as it is affected by or reveals the state of mind, and hence 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 seriousness or severity:a stern visage.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged appearance, aspect, mien.
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged exterior.
- 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged façade.
- 43.See corresponding entry in Unabridged veneer.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
face /feɪs/ n
- the front of the head from the forehead to the lower jaw; visage
- (as modifier): face flannel, face cream
- the expression of the countenance; look: a sad face
- a distorted expression, esp to indicate disgust; grimace
- 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 exposed area of a mine from which coal, ore, etc, may be mined
- (as modifier): face worker
- 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
- a steep side of a mountain, bounded by ridges
- Brit slang a well-known or important person
Also called: typeface the printing surface of any type character
- the style, the design, or sometimes the size of any type fount
- in face of, in the face of ⇒ despite
- 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
- to someone's face ⇒ in someone's presence; directly and openly: I told him the truth to his face
See also face down
- when intr, often followed 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 provide with a surface of a different material
- to dress the surface of (stone or other material)
- (transitive) to expose (a card) with the face uppermost
- chiefly US to order (a formation) to turn in a certain direction or (of a formation) to turn as required: right face!
, face up toEtymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin facia (unattested), from Latin faciēs form, related to facere to make
'in the face of' also found in these entries: