Definitions of face

  1. the expression on a person's face; " a sad expression"; " a look of triumph"; " an angry face"
  2. impudent aggressiveness; " I couldn't believe her boldness"; " he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
  3. deal with ( something unpleasant) head on; " You must confront your problems"; " He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"
  4. 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"
  5. 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"
  6. be opposite; " the facing page"; " the two sofas face each other"
  7. the act of confronting bravely; " he hated facing the facts"; " he excelled in the face of danger"
  8. a vertical surface of a building or cliff
  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. the striking or working surface of an implement
  11. the general outward appearance of something; " the face of the city is changing"
  12. status in the eyes of others; " he lost face"
  13. 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"
  14. 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"
  15. a contorted facial expression; " she made a grimace at the prospect"
  16. the part of an animal corresponding to the human face
  17. 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"
  18. cover the front or surface of; " The building was faced with beautiful stones"
  19. line the edge ( of a garment) with a different material; " face the lapels of the jacket"
  20. turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction; " Turn and face your partner now"
  21. turn so as to expose the face; " face a playing card"
  22. 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"
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. The principal dressed surface of a plate, disk, or pulley; the principal flat surface of a part or object.
  26. That part of the acting surface of a cog in a cog wheel, which projects beyond the pitch line.
  27. 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.
  28. The upper surface, or the character upon the surface, of a type, plate, etc.
  29. The style or cut of a type or font of type.
  30. Outside appearance; surface show; look; external aspect, whether natural, assumed, or acquired.
  31. That part of the head, esp. of man, in which the eyes, cheeks, nose, and mouth are situated; visage; countenance.
  32. Cast of features; expression of countenance; look; air; appearance.
  33. Ten degrees in extent of a sign of the zodiac.
  34. Maintenance of the countenance free from abashment or confusion; confidence; boldness; shamelessness; effrontery.
  35. 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.
  36. Mode of regard, whether favorable or unfavorable; favor or anger; mostly in Scriptural phrases.
  37. The end or wall of the tunnel, drift, or excavation, at which work is progressing or was last done.
  38. 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.
  39. To Confront impudently; to bully.
  40. To stand opposite to; to stand with the face or front toward; to front upon; as, the apartments of the general faced the park.
  41. To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon; as, a building faced with marble.
  42. To line near the edge, esp. with a different material; as, to face the front of a coat, or the bottom of a dress.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. To cause to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.
  46. To carry a false appearance; to play the hypocrite.
  47. To turn the face; as, to face to the right or left.
  48. To present a face or front.
  49. The countenance; dial of a clock, etc.; front; surface; outward aspect; confidence; an expressive grimace; value, excluding discount or interest; said of a note, etc.
  50. To meet in front; oppose with boldness or confidence; stand opposite to; cover with an additional surface.
  51. To turn the body, as after the command " right face.".
  52. Faced.
  53. Facing.
  54. The visible forepart of the head; the outside make or appearance; front; cast of features; look; boldness; presence; ( B.) anger or favor; a term applied in various technical meanings; as, the dial of a clock, watch, compass card, or other indicator, the sole of a plane, the flat portion of a hammer head which comes in contact with the object struck, the edge of a cutting instrument, the surface of a printing type that impresses the characters.
  55. 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.
  56. To turn the face.
  57. Facial.
  58. Front of anything; forepart of the head; look; presence; boldness.
  59. To meet in front; oppose; cover in front.
  60. To meet in front; confront; oppose.
  61. To cover; smooth the surface of.
  62. The front part of the head; the countenance.
  63. The surface; front; aspect; look; show; direct statement.
  64. Personal presence; sight.
  65. Effrontery; assurance.
  66. A grotesque expression.
  67. The surface or side which presents itself to the view; the front of a thing; the front part of the head; the visage; aspect of the face; look; look, as of anger or favour; the plane surface or side of a solid; visible state; appearance; confidence; effrontery; presence; sight; the person. To accept one's face, to show him favour or grant his request. To set the face against, to oppose. To make faces, to distort the form of the face. Face to face, in immediate presence. The face of a bastion, the two sides resching from the flanks of the salient angle Face- prolonged, that part of the line of defence which is between the angle of the shoulder and the curtain. The face of a gun, the superficies of the metal at the extremity of the muzzle. The faces of a square. the different sides of a battalion, & c.
  68. To meet in front; to oppose with firmless; to resist, or to meet for the purpose of stopping or opposing; to stand with the face or front toward; to cover in front; to smooth the surface of; to make appear of superior quality.
  69. To play the hypocrite; to turn the face. To face the enemy, to meet him in front, and oppose him with determination. Right face Left face! and Right about face! words of command, on which the soldiers individually turn to the side specified To face down, to oppose boldly or impudently. To face out, to brave unblushingly.
  70. The countenance; the front or surface of anything; appearance; look; visible state of affairs; boldness.
  71. To meet in front; to meet and oppose with firmness; to cover with an additional surface; to make a false appearance.

Usage examples for face

  1. Come and face him up with me." – They of the High Trails by Hamlin Garland
  2. Paul's face was on fire. – Winning His Way by Charles Carleton Coffin
  3. It is a good face. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  4. Your face- I must see your face! – The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  5. Brooke turned his head a little so that he could see Barbara's face. – A Damaged Reputation by Harold Bindloss
  6. It is the same kind, good face which I remember well." – The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers by Mary Cholmondeley
  7. Arnold, look me in the face. – In Luck at Last by Walter Besant
  8. Have we not seen that face before? – The May Flower, and Miscellaneous Writings by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  9. She looked into his face a moment. – The Lion's Skin by Rafael Sabatini
  10. Have you seen her face? – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  11. I saw all this in your face to- night; that is why I wanted to talk to you. – The Veiled Lady and Other Men and Women by F. Hopkinson Smith
  12. He saw no face he knew. – Flamsted quarries by Mary E. Waller
  13. He looked up into his father's face. – Master Skylark by John Bennett
  14. If it wasn't you just at first it was your face. – The Romantic by May Sinclair
  15. If I had to live them over again, I don't think I could face them. – Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930 by Various
  16. Then she turned back to face Drew. – Ride Proud, Rebel! by Andre Alice Norton
  17. Where else had he seen this face? – The Grey Cloak by Harold MacGrath
  18. We've got other things to face- perhaps worse things. – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  19. But still I did not see her face. – The Portal of Dreams by Charles Neville Buck
  20. You saw some man- I know it; I see it in your face. – In the Day of Adversity by John Bloundelle-Burton