• Face of Steel Square, Octagon, 'Eight-Square,' Scale
    Face of Steel Square, Octagon, 'Eight-Square,' Scale
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Facingly In a facing manner or position.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Outline for arm positions, full face Outline for arm positions, full face
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St. Gérêon's, Cologne Facing St. Gérêon's, Cologne Facing
The sea-maiden with a wicked face The sea-maiden with a wicked face
Old-faced Type Old-faced Type
She saw a cat's face looking up at her She saw a cat's face looking up at her

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 60 muscles in the face
    • facingly In a fronting position.
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  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.”
  • Jack Nicklaus
    Jack Nicklaus
    “The older you get the stronger the wind gets -- and it's always in your face.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “The aeroplane has unveiled for us the true face of the earth.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Poor little Foal of an oppressed race! I love the languid patience of thy face.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pleasure than statues or pictures; it is the finest of the fine arts.”
  • Kahlil Gibran
    “Beauty in not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”


About face - If someone changes their mind completely, this is an about face. It can be used when companies, governments, etc, change their position on an issue.
Cut off your nose to spite your face - If you cut off your nose to spite your face, you do something rash or silly that ends up making things worse for you, often because you are angry or upset.
Egg on your face - If someone has egg on their face, they are made to look foolish or embarrassed.
Face like thunder - If someone has a face like thunder, they are clearly very angry or upset about something.
Face only a mother could love - When someone has a face only a mother could love, they are ugly.
Face the music - If you have to face the music, you have to accept the negative consequences of something you have done wrong.
Face value - If you take something at face value, you accept the appearance rather than looking deeper into the matter.
Face your demons - If you face your demons, you confront your fears or something that you have been trying hard to avoid.
In the face of - If people act in the face of something, they do it despite it or when threatened by it.
In your face - If someone is in your face, they are direct and confrontational. (It is sometime written 'in yer face'colloquially)
Jam on your face - If you say that someone has jam on their face, they appear to be caught, embarrassed or found guilty.
Long face - Someone with a long face is sad or depressed about something.
Lose face - To lose one's reputation or standing is to lose face
On the face of it - This idiom is used when describing the way a situation appears, while allowing for the possibility that things may be different: On the face of it, the company looks very profitable. (The company appears to be very profitable, but this may not be the case.)
Plain as the nose on your face - If something is as plain as the nose on your face, it is very clear and obvious.


In literature:

How suddenly he had been brought face to face with realities!
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
She is determined to face what I face for the present.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
And I looked, and the face of one of the maidens was as the face of the fairest among the daughters of thy people.
"Marzio's Crucifix and Zoroaster" by F. Marion Crawford
That wan face touched Rhoda much more than the healthy face of former days.
"The Heart of the Desert" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
Once the glare of an electric light fell upon his face, a face pallid with fear, almost hopeless with despair.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The yellow glow was paling in the west, the evening air was like a cold breath in his face.
"Pembroke" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
He paused also, and both stood for a fleeting instant face to face, silent.
"The Trail Horde" by Charles Alden Seltzer
She realized that she was face to face with a great wall of problem.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
He had a large, smooth face, with gray hair on the sides of his head and none on top.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Not till brought face to face with her unanswerable simplicity did I descend within myself.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer

In poetry:

And so from rise to set of sun,
At glimmering dawn, in twilight haze,
I but behold the face of One
Who veils her face, and weeps, and prays.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
If thrice ten thousand meete together
How scarce one face is like another!
If scarce two faces can agree
Two hearts alike there seldome bee.
"O When Will Cupid Shew Such Arte" by William Strode
And, "Sweetheart, hast thou waited long?"
And, "Nay, love, but a little space:"
Then was it but the throstle's song,
Or lovers face to face?
"Anne Hathaway" by Anna Johnston MacManus
We loosed hand from hand,
We parted face from face;
Each went his way to his own land.
At his own pace,
Each went to fill his separate place.
"Twilight Night" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
Then pure, immortal, sinless, freed,
We through the Lamb shall be decreed;
Shall meet the Father face to face,
And need no more a hiding-place.
"Hymn" by Henry Kirke White
I stand here in my place,
With my foot on the rock below,
And whichever way it may blow,
I meet it face to face,
As a brave man meets his foe.
"Ultima Thule: The Windmill" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

The Indianapolis Public Schools face a steep challenge in persuading the state that four high schools don't belong on the list of schools facing a possible state takeover.
Sixteen years after first facing the ghost face killer in the Scream film franchise, Neve Campbell remains one of the most-searched for movie scream queens this Halloween.
Florida Democratic US Sen Bill Nelson and Republican US Rep Connie Mack of Fort Myers, two major party candidates for US Senate, will square off in their only face-to-face debate Wednesday night at Nova Southeastern University in Davie.
An emphasis on social networking puts younger people at a face-to-face disadvantage.
Doctors, hospitals seek to overturn the requirement of a face-to-face physician evaluation of a patient within this restrictive time frame.
The support group provides an opportunity for participants to connect with others who are facing, or have faced, similar situations.
As the year winds town, country artists are scrambling to get in some last-minute face-to-face time with their fans on fall tours.
The Reverend Michael Lydon, pastor of the church, and Sister Barbara Siderewicz, the school's principal, sit at two tables, facing several rows of somber faces.
Closed Face Another misconception about good chipping is the one about keeping the clubface facing the target as much as possible.
Hold The Face Open To Lob It A good lob shot means hitting through the golf ball with an open face so the ball flies up and stops in a hurry.
During the first presidential debate, we witnessed the many faces of Mitt, and it reminds us of the 1957 movie, The Three Faces of Eve, about an actual individual suffering multiple personality disorder.
Despite never meeting face-to-face, Max Greenfield and Gwyneth Paltrow have become close pals in recent months.
The field technician's face is the only company face most customers will ever see--and when a new service is needed, or an existing one fails, it is the only face they want to see.
Leaders from Rockford met face-to-face with Illinois Gov Pat Quinn (D) July 29, urging him to sign Senate Bill 0744, which would clear the way for a casino in Rockford.
Telepresence enables face-to-face meetings without the carbon footprint.

In science:

If x ∈ P is any face of C , then we denote by [x, ˆ1] the sub-poset of P formed by all the faces of C having x as a face.
Euler Characteristic of real nondegenerate tropical complete intersections
Therefore we call these faces of S which are formed by the ρ with support being an eigenspace or a generalized eigenspace of h the “lazy faces”.
Analysis of quantum semigroups with GKS-Lindblad generators I. Simple generators
Note the correspondence between subspaces of the Hilbert space H and faces of the set of states S: Each face consists of density matrices whose range is some subspace of H.
Analysis of quantum semigroups with GKS-Lindblad generators I. Simple generators
We define each face which corresponds to an eigenspace or a generalized eigenspace of h as a lazy face.
Analysis of quantum semigroups with GKS-Lindblad generators I. Simple generators
Given a triangulated set (S, P ) and C, D ∈ P we cal l D a face of C if D ⊂ cl(C ), a proper face of C if D ⊂ cl(C ) − C and a vertex of C if it has dimension 0.
Normal triangulations in o-minimal structures