• WordNet 3.6
    • n facade the face or front of a building
    • n facade a showy misrepresentation intended to conceal something unpleasant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Façade fȧ`sȧd" or fȧ`sād" (Arch) The front of a building; esp., the principal front, having some architectural pretensions. Thus a church is said to have its façade unfinished, though the interior may be in use.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Facade fa-sād′ the exterior front or face of a building.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. It. facciata, fr. faccia, face, L. facies,. See Face
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—face, after It. facciata, the front of a building—faccia, the face.


In literature:

The Cloth Hall had been burnt, but the beautiful stone facade was still undamaged.
"The Great War As I Saw It" by Frederick George Scott
Parliament prescribed even a facade.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
The door and windows are finely ornamented, as is the whole facade, with curiously-carved figures and foliage.
"Béarn and the Pyrenees" by Louisa Stuart Costello
It was erected by a decree of the Senate in 1340, and was pulled down to make room for Rizzo's facade, which was erected in 1484.
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 4" by Lord Byron
The facade is flanked by square towers containing the staircases.
"Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
You saw its fine red-brick facade through the trees at the edge of the Park.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
Above her the stone facade of her house loomed huge and pinkish in the mist.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
The park is small and without deer, but the house has a facade of which one can never tire.
"Highways & Byways in Sussex" by E.V. Lucas
On the facade the final words are inscribed.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The decoration was confined largely to the facades, the doors, and the floors.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
In those the facade or the columns and cornices predominate over everything else.
"Carpentry for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Its high facade is divided in three parts and gabled, and it has three rows of half Roman and half Gothic arches supported on columns.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
The organization of guardships around Omega is pure facade.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
In echo it reverberates along the facade of the cliff, for a time keeping continuous.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Mr Orgreave crossed the road and then stood still to gaze at the facade of the Sytch Pottery.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
The principal facade fronts the 'Grande Place,' and is surmounted by a picturesque pointed roof.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
Atter dat, all de Red Shirts met on de facade in front o' de courthouse.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 2" by Works Projects Administration
You'll like the spire and the facade.
"The Chauffeur and the Chaperon" by C. N. Williamson
Then the tower, that has a large entrance, and might be the facade, if one pleased.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
By 1658 Gomboust's map of Rouen shows that the facade on the street was finished.
"The Story of Rouen" by Sir Theodore Andrea Cook

In poetry:

While around in serried ranks
Rear the bold facades of Banks;
But when wrath of Heaven smites
Hosts of Mammon's parasites,
Mad Maria will not fall,
Being oh so very small.
"Mad Maria" by Robert W Service
When biased thinking has vanished into space
No phony facades, eight dharmas, nor hopes and fears,
A keeper and kept refined until they're gone
This way of keeping samaya, it works quite well
"The Profound Definitive Meaning" by Jetsun Milarepa
Beware of ruins; the heart is apt to make
Monstrous assumptions on the unburied past;
Though cleverly restored, the Tudor tower
Is spurious, the facade a fake
Whose new face is a death-mask of the last
Despairing effort before it all went sour.
"Beware of Ruins" by A D Hope

In news:

Another Step In City's Downtown Facade Program.
The facade program in downtown Emmetsburg is moving forward.
Emmetsburg City Council approved hiring Invision architectural firm for the facade project.
Milwaukee, contractors agree to mediation over faulty City Hall facade .
Pennsylvania Downtown Center, which represents about 300 organizations, selected DEI and Clearfield Revitalization Corporation as the 2012 recipients of its Townie Award for facades .
Welcome to the grand facade .
The city secured a $500,000 state grant to improve the facades of 13 buildings.
Crews will take down the existing facade at 151 W 8th Ave and be replaced with a new one.
Renovation to the facade of the Olympic Center's 1932 rink is under way.
Markets' calm fiscal cliff facade may be fading .
Fanatics are people who may seem perfectly normal the first few times you meet them, but once they feel it's safe, they unzip their outer facade and reveal their true selves.
The design combines new brick and glass construction with the preserved facades of the Ferdinand , Curtis and Waterman buildings, not shown in this view.
(AP) — The white banner fluttered in a stiff breeze before being removed from the east facade of Beaver Stadium to reveal "2012" in bold, blue numerals next to the years marking unbeaten or championship campaigns.
Workmen refurbish the facade of Kaos nightclub in Cuidad Juarez , Mexico, in more.
Last year, most of the furniture was cleared out and recently, the facade wall plaque was finally taken down.

In science:

Section 5 describes the preferred method of creating a synchronous facade to a UWS system.
IVOA Recommendation: Universal Worker Service Pattern Version 1.0
First thing to do is to calculate the mean porosity of two opposite facades of dwelling.
Bringing simulation to implementation: Presentation of a global approach in the design of passive solar buildings under humid tropical climates