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Dictionary Definition

face

Noun

1 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" [syn: human face]
2 the expression on a person's face; "a sad expression"; "a look of triumph"; "an angry face" [syn: expression, look, aspect, facial expression]
3 the general outward appearance of something; "the face of the city is changing"
4 the act of confronting bravely; "he hated facing the facts"; "he excelled in the face of danger" [syn: facing]
5 the striking or working surface of an implement
6 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"
7 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" [syn: side]
8 the part of an animal corresponding to the human face
9 the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object); "he dealt the cards face down"
10 a contorted facial expression; "she made a grimace at the prospect" [syn: grimace]
11 a specific size and style of type within a type family [syn: font, fount, typeface]
12 status in the eyes of others; "he lost face"
13 impudent aggressiveness; "I couldn't believe her boldness"; "he had the effrontery to question my honesty" [syn: boldness, nerve, brass, cheek]
14 a vertical surface of a building or cliff

Verb

1 deal with (something unpleasant) head on; "You must confront your problems"; "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes" [syn: confront, face up] [ant: avoid]
2 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" [syn: confront]
3 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" [syn: front, look] [ant: back]
4 be opposite; "the facing page"; "the two sofas face each other"
5 turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction; "Turn and face your partner now"
6 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" [syn: confront, present]
7 turn so as to expose the face; "face a playing card"
8 line the edge (of a garment) with a different material; "face the lapels of the jacket"
9 cover the front or surface of; "The building was faced with beautiful stones"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From etyl fro (and modern) lang=fr, from etyl la facies

Pronunciation

  • , /feɪs/, /feIs/
  • Rhymes: -eɪs

Noun

  1. The front part of the head, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth and the surrounding area.
    She has a pretty face.
  2. One's facial expression.
    Why the sad face?
  3. The public image; outward appearance.
    The face of this company.
    He managed to show a bold face despite his embarrassment.
  4. Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. (See lose face, save face).
  5. Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron.
  6. Any surface; especially a front or outer one.
    Put a big sign on each face of the building that can be seen from the road.
    They climbed the north face of the mountain.
    She wanted to wipe him off the face of the earth.
  7. The numbered dial of a clock or watch.
  8. The mouth.
    Shut your face!
    He's always stuffing his face with chips.
  9. Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.
    I'll be out in a sec, just let me put on my face.
  10. slang professional wrestling The good guy; a wrestler embodying heroic or virtuous traits.
    The fans cheered on the face as he made his comeback.
  11. The front surface of a bat.
  12. 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)
  13. A typeface.

Synonyms

Translations

part of head
facial expression
public image
of a polyhedron
surface, especially a front or outer one
  • Danish: flade , yderside
  • Finnish: puoli
  • Norwegian: side
  • Russian: поверхность
numbered dial of a clock or watch
  • Spanish: cara, esfera
front surface of a bat
slang: the mouth
  • Danish: kæft
  • Dutch: bakkes
  • Finnish: naama, iho, turpa
  • French: gueule
  • Norwegian: kjeft
  • Russian: рожа
  • Swedish: käft
slang: in wrestling

Verb

  1. transitive of a person or animal to position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).
    Face the sun.
  2. transitive of an object to have its front closest to (something else).
    Turn the chair so it faces the table.
  3. To deal with (a difficult situation or person).
    I'm going to have to face this sooner or later.
  4. To have the front in a certain direction.
    The bunkers faced north and east, toward Germany.
  5. To be the striking batsman.

Translations

position oneself/itself towards
have its front closest to
deal with, confront

French

Pronunciation

Noun

fr-noun f
  1. face (anatomy)
  2. surface, side
  3. face (geometry)

Derived terms

See also

Italian

Verb

face
  1. third-person singular indicative present of fare

Romanian

Etymology

facere

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. do, make
  2. to be made, to be done

Conjugation

See also

Extensive Definition

For the novel, see Face (Benjamin Zephaniah). For other uses, see Face (disambiguation).
The face is the front part of the head and includes the hair, forehead, eyebrow, eyes, nose, ears, cheeks, mouth, lips, philtrum, teeth, skin, and chin. The face is used for expression, appearance, and identity amongst others.

The face as a means of recognition

The face is the feature which best distinguishes a person, often at first glance. It is unique to each person.
Caricatures often exaggerate facial features to make a face easily recognized in association with a pronounced portion of the face of the individual in question—for example, a caricature of Osama bin Laden might focus on his facial hair and nose; a caricature of George W. Bush might enlarge his ears to the size of an elephant's; a caricature of Jay Leno may pronounce his head and chin; a caricature of John McCain might pronounce his demon like teeth, or white hair and wrinkles; and a caricature of Mick Jagger might enlarge his lips. Exaggeration of memorable features helps people to recognize others when presented in a caricature form.
Cosmetic surgery is often used to alter the appearance of the facial features.

References

face in Arabic: وجه
face in Aymara: Uñnaqa
face in Catalan: Cara
face in Czech: Tvář
face in Welsh: Wyneb
face in German: Gesicht
face in Dhivehi: މޫނު
face in Spanish: Cara
face in Esperanto: Vizaĝo
face in Basque: Aurpegi
face in Persian: صورت
face in French: Visage
face in Western Frisian: Antlit
face in Scottish Gaelic: Aodann
face in Korean: 얼굴
face in Ido: Vizajo
face in Indonesian: Wajah
face in Italian: Viso
face in Hebrew: פנים
face in Pampanga: Lupa
face in Cornish: Enep
face in Latin: Vultus
face in Lithuanian: Veidas
face in Lingala: Elongi
face in Malayalam: മുഖം
face in Dutch: Gelaat
face in Newari: ख्वाः
face in Japanese: 顔
face in Norwegian: Ansikt
face in Narom: Fache
face in Polish: Twarz
face in Portuguese: Face
face in Kölsch: Jeseesch
face in Quechua: Uya
face in Simple English: Face
face in Slovak: Tvár
face in Finnish: Kasvot
face in Swedish: Ansikte
face in Tagalog: Mukha
face in Tamil: முகம்
face in Turkish: Yüz (organ)
face in Yiddish: געזיכט
face in Chinese: 臉

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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logotype, look, look for, look out upon, look over, look toward, looks, loom, lower, lower case, majuscule, make a face, manifest destiny, map, market value, martial music, mask, masquerade, match, meet, meet boldly, meet head-on, meet squarely, meet with, menace, meretriciousness, mien, minuscule, mug, mush, muzzle, name, national anthem, near, nerve, net worth, nick, notwithstanding, obverse, openly, oppose, opposite, ostentation, outdare, outer face, outer layer, outer side, outer skin, outface, outline, outside, outward show, overawe, overhang, overlay, overlook, pack, pad, paint, palisade, palisades, pan, paper, par value, pardonable pride, parget, pennyworth, periphery, phiz, physiognomy, pi, pica, pigment, place before, plank, playacting, point, polarize, port, pose, pose against, posing, position, posture, precipice, preface, prefix, presence, present to, prestige, presume, presumption, pretense, pretension, pretext, pride, pridefulness, prime, print, priority, proscenium, proudness, purse-pride, puss, put in opposition, put it to, rank, rate, representation, reputation, repute, resist, revet, right side, rind, roman, run the gauntlet, sans serif, scar, scarp, scream defiance, script, seeming, seemingly, self-confidence, self-consequence, self-determination, self-esteem, self-reliance, self-respect, self-sufficiency, semblance, set at defiance, set before, set over against, shade, shadow, shake, sham, shank, sheathe, shell, shellac, shingle, shoulder, show, show fight, show up, showing, simulacrum, simulation, skin, slate, slop on paint, small cap, small capital, smear, speak out, speak up, speciousness, stain, stamp, stance, stand opposed, stand opposite, stand up to, standing, stare, stare down, station, stature, status, steep, stem, stiff-necked pride, stiff-neckedness, stipple, stone, stuff, subdue, subtend, superficially, superficies, superstratum, surface, take, take for granted, tete-a-tete, thatch, think, threaten, tile, tinct, tincture, tinge, tint, tone, top, traits, turn, turn up, type, type body, type class, type lice, typecase, typeface, typefounders, typefoundry, undercoat, upper case, value, value received, vanity, varnish, veneer, venture, vis-a-vis, visage, wad, wainscot, wall, wall in, wall up, wallpaper, war song, wash, watch, weatherboard, window dressing, withstand, worth, yellow peril
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