(noun) a vertical surface of a building or cliff


(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”


(noun) the striking or working surface of an implement


(noun) the general outward appearance of something; “the face of the city is changing”

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”

boldness, nerve, brass, face, cheek

(noun) impudent aggressiveness; “I couldn’t believe her boldness”; “he had the effrontery to question my honesty”


(noun) status in the eyes of others; “he lost face”

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”


(noun) the part of an animal corresponding to the human face

font, fount, typeface, face, case

(noun) a specific size and style of type within a type family

grimace, face

(noun) a contorted facial expression; “she made a grimace at the prospect”

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”; “they travelled across the face of the continent”


(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”

confront, face up, face

(verb) deal with (something unpleasant) head on; “You must confront your problems”; “He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes”

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”

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”


(verb) cover the front or surface of; “The building was faced with beautiful stones”


(verb) line the edge (of a garment) with a different material; “face the lapels of the jacket”


(verb) turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction; “Turn and face your partner now”


(verb) turn so as to expose the face; “face a playing card”

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”


(verb) be opposite; “the facing page”; “the two sofas face each other”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



face (plural faces)

(anatomy) The front part of the head of a human or other animal, featuring the eyes, nose and mouth, and the surrounding area.

One's facial expression.

(in expressions such as 'make a face') A distorted facial expression; an expression of displeasure, insult, etc.

The public image; outward appearance.

The frontal aspect of something.

An aspect of the character or nature of someone or something.

(figurative) Presence; sight; front.

The directed force of something.

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

Shameless confidence; boldness; effrontery.

Any surface, especially a front or outer one.

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

The numbered dial of a clock or watch, the clock face.

(slang) The mouth.

(slang) Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.

(metonymic) A person.

(informal) A familiar or well-known person; a member of a particular scene, such as music or fashion scene.

(professional wrestling, slang) A headlining wrestler with a persona embodying heroic or virtuous traits and who is regarded as a "good guy", especially one who is handsome and well-conditioned; a baby face.

(cricket) The front surface of a bat.

(golf) The part of a golf club that hits the ball.

(cards) 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).

(heraldiccharge) The head of a lion, shown face-on and cut off immediately behind the ears.

The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end to end.

(typography) A typeface.

Mode of regard, whether favourable or unfavourable; favour or anger.

(informal) The amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, etc, without any interest or discount; face value.


• (part of head): countenance, visage, phiz (obsolete), phizog (obsolete), see also countenance

• (facial expression): countenance, expression, facial expression, look, visage, see also facial expression

• (the front or outer surface): foreside

• (public image): image, public image, reputation

• (of a polyhedron): facet (different specialised meaning in mathematical use), surface (not in mathematical use)

• (slang: mouth): cakehole, gob, mush, piehole, trap, see also mouth

• (slang: wrestling): good guy, hero


• (baby face): heel


(Hyponyms of face (noun)):

• baby face

• game face

• manface

• pizza face

• ratface

• rock face


face (third-person singular simple present faces, present participle facing, simple past and past participle faced)

(transitive, of a person or animal) To position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).

(transitive, of an object) To have its front closest to, or in the direction of (something else).

(transitive) To cause (something) to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.

(transitive) To be presented or confronted with; to have in prospect.

(transitive) To deal with (a difficult situation or person); to accept (facts, reality, etc.) even when undesirable.

(intransitive) To have the front in a certain direction.

(transitive) To have as an opponent.

(intransitive, cricket) To be the batsman on strike.

(transitive, obsolete) To confront impudently; to bully.

(transitive) To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon.

(transitive) To line near the edge, especially with a different material.

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.

(engineering) To make the surface of (anything) flat or smooth; to dress the face of (a stone, a casting, etc.); especially, in turning, to shape or smooth the flat surface of, as distinguished from the cylindrical surface.

(transitive, retail) To arrange the products in (a store) so that they are tidy and attractive.


• (position oneself/itself towards)

• (have its front closest to)

• (deal with): confront, deal with


• lose face

• save face

• suck face


• CAFE, cafe, café

Source: Wiktionary

Face, n. Etym: [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. 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. A mist . . . watered the whole face of the ground. Gen. ii. 6. Lake Leman wooes me with its crystal face. Byron.

2. 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. (Mach.) (a) The principal dressed surface of a plate, disk, or pulley; the principal flat surface of a part or object. (b) That part of the acting surface of a cog in a cog wheel, which projects beyond the pitch line. (c) 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.

4. (Print.) (a) The upper surface, or the character upon the surface, of a type, plate, etc. (b) The style or cut of a type or font of type.

5. Outside appearance; surface show; look; external aspect, whether natural, assumed, or acquired. To set a face upon their own malignant design. Milton. This would produce a new face of things in Europe. Addison. We wear a face of joy, because We have been glad of yore. Wordsworth.

6. That part of the head, esp. of man, in which the eyes, cheeks, nose, and mouth are situated; visage; countenance. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. Gen. iii. 19.

7. Cast of features; expression of countenance; look; air; appearance. We set the best faceon it we could. Dryden.

8. (Astrol.)

Definition: Ten degrees in extent of a sign of the zodiac. Chaucer.

9. Maintenance of the countenance free from abashment or confusion; confidence; boldness; shamelessness; effrontery. This is the man that has the face to charge others with false citations. Tillotson.

10. 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 presenceof.

11. Mode of regard, whether favorable or unfavorable; favor or anger; mostly in Scriptural phrases. The Lord make his face to shine upon thee. Num. vi. 25. My face [favor] will I turn also from them. Ezek. vii. 22.

12. (Mining)

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

13. (Com.)

Definition: The exact amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, or other mercantile paper, without any addition for interest or reduction for discount. McElrath.

Note: Face is used either adjectively or as part of a compound; as, face guard or face-guard; face cloth; face plan or face-plan; face hammer. Face ague (Med.), a form of neuralgia, characterized by acute lancinating pains returning at intervals, and by twinges in certain parts of the face, producing convulsive twitches in the corresponding muscles; -- called also tic douloureux.

– Face card, one of a pack of playing cards on which a human face is represented; the king, queen, or jack.

– Face cloth, a cloth laid over the face of a corpse.

– Face guard, a mask with windows for the eyes, worn by workman exposed to great heat, or to flying particles of metal, stone, etc., as in glass works, foundries, etc.

– Face hammer, a hammer having a flat face.

– Face joint (Arch.), a joint in the face of a wall or other structure.

– Face mite (Zoöll.), a small, elongated mite (Demdex folliculorum), parasitic in the hair follicles of the face.

– Face mold, the templet or pattern by which carpenters, ect., outline the forms which are to be cut out from boards, sheet metal, ect.

– Face plate. (a) (Turning) A plate attached to the spindle of a lathe, to which the work to be turned may be attached. (b) A covering plate for an object, to receive wear or shock. (c) A true plane for testing a dressed surface. Knight.

– Face wheel. (Mach.) (a) A crown wheel. (b) A Wheel whose disk face is adapted for grinding and polishing; a lap. Cylinder face (Steam Engine), the flat part of a steam cylinder on which a slide valve moves.

– Face of an anvil, its flat upper surface.

– Face of a bastion (Fort.), the part between the salient and the shoulder angle.

– Face of coal (Mining), the principal cleavage plane, at right angles to the stratification.

– Face of a gun, the surface of metal at the muzzle.

– Face of a place (Fort.), the front comprehended between the flanked angles of two neighboring bastions. Wilhelm.

– Face of a square (Mil.), one of the sides of a battalion when formed in a square.

– Face of a watch, clock, compass, card etc., the dial or graduated surface on which a pointer indicates the time of day, point of the compass, etc.

– Face to face. (a) In the presence of each other; as, to bring the accuser and the accused face to face. (b) Without the interposition of any body or substance. "Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face." 1 Cor. xiii. 12. (c) With the faces or finished surfaces turned inward or toward one another; vis à vis; -- opposed to back to back.

– To fly in the face of, to defy; to brave; to withstand.

– To make a face, to distort the countenance; to make a grimace. Shak.

Face, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Faced; p. pr. & vb. n. Facing.]

1. 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 battale. I'll face This tempest, and deserve the name of king. Dryden.

2. To Confront impudently; to bully. I will neither be facednor braved. Shak.

3. To stand opposite to; to stand with the face or front toward; to front upon; as, the apartments of the general faced the park. He gained also with his forces that part of Britain which faces Ireland. Milton.

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

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

6. 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.

7. (Mach.)

Definition: 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.

8. To cause to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction. To face down, to put down by bold or impudent opposition. "He faced men down." Prior.

– To face (a thing) out, to persist boldly or impudently in an assertion or in a line of conduct. "That thinks with oaths to face the matter out." Shak

Face, v. i.

1. To carry a false appearance; to play the hypocrite. "To lie, to face, to forge." Spenser.

2. To turn the face; as, to face to the right or left. Face about, man; a soldier, and afraid! Dryden.

3. To present a face or front.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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