Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a vertical surface of a building or cliff
  2. (noun, artifact) the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object)
  3. (noun, artifact) the striking or working surface of an implement
  4. (noun, attribute) the general outward appearance of something
  5. (noun, attribute) the feelings expressed on a person's face
    a look of triumph
    an angry face
  6. (noun, attribute) impudent aggressiveness
    he had the effrontery to question my honesty
  7. (noun, attribute) status in the eyes of others
  8. (noun, body) the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear
    I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news
  9. (noun, body) the part of an animal corresponding to the human face
  10. (noun, communication) a specific size and style of type within a type family
  11. (noun, communication) a contorted facial expression
  12. (noun, location) a surface forming part of the outside of an object
    dew dripped from the face of the leaf
  13. (noun, person) a part of a person that is used to refer to a person
    when he returned to work he met many new faces
  14. (verb, communication) deal with (something unpleasant) head on
    He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes
  15. (verb, communication) present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
    He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions
    An enormous dilemma faces us
  16. (verb, competition) oppose, as in hostility or a competition
    Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring
    The two enemies finally confronted each other
  17. (verb, contact) cover the front or surface of
  18. (verb, contact) line the edge (of a garment) with a different material
  19. (verb, motion) turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction
  20. (verb, perception) turn so as to expose the face
  21. (verb, stative) be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
    My backyard look onto the pond
    The building faces the park
  22. (verb, stative) be opposite
    the two sofas face each other

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Face

  1. late 13c., from O.Fr. face, from V.L. *facia, from L. facies "appearance, form, figure," and secondarily "visage, countenance;" probably related to facere "to make" (see factitious). Replaced O.E. andwlita. To face (v.) "confront" is first recorded mid-15c. Related: Faced. Facing ?front or outer part of a wall, building, e… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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