• Face of Steel Square, Octagon, 'Eight-Square,' Scale
    Face of Steel Square, Octagon, 'Eight-Square,' Scale
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v face deal with (something unpleasant) head on "You must confront your problems","He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"
    • v face 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"
    • v face 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"
    • v face cover the front or surface of "The building was faced with beautiful stones"
    • v face line the edge (of a garment) with a different material "face the lapels of the jacket"
    • v face turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction "Turn and face your partner now"
    • v face turn so as to expose the face "face a playing card"
    • v face 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"
    • v face be opposite "the facing page","the two sofas face each other"
    • n face a vertical surface of a building or cliff
    • n face the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object) "he dealt the cards face down"
    • n face the striking or working surface of an implement
    • n face the general outward appearance of something "the face of the city is changing"
    • n face the feelings expressed on a person's face "a sad expression","a look of triumph","an angry face"
    • n face impudent aggressiveness "I couldn't believe her boldness","he had the effrontery to question my honesty"
    • n face status in the eyes of others "he lost face"
    • n face 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"
    • n face the part of an animal corresponding to the human face
    • n face a specific size and style of type within a type family
    • n face a contorted facial expression "she made a grimace at the prospect"
    • n face 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"
    • n face 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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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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
A man's face in a U-shaped frame A man's face in a U-shaped frame

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 60 muscles in the face
    • Face Cast of features; expression of countenance; look; air; appearance. "We set the best face on it we could."
    • Face 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."
    • Face Mode of regard, whether favorable or unfavorable; favor or anger; mostly in Scriptural phrases. "The Lord make his face to shine upon thee.""My face favor] will I turn also from them."
    • Face Outside appearance; surface show; look; external aspect, whether natural, assumed, or acquired. "To set a face upon their own malignant design.""This would produce a new face of things in Europe.""We wear a face of joy, because
      We have been glad of yore."
    • Face 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.
    • Face (Astrol) Ten degrees in extent of a sign of the zodiac.
    • Face 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 .
    • Face (Mach) That part of the acting surface of a cog in a cog wheel, which projects beyond the pitch line.
    • Face 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."
    • Face (Mining) The end or wall of the tunnel, drift, or excavation, at which work is progressing or was last done.
    • Face (Com) The exact amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, or other mercantile paper, without any addition for interest or reduction for discount; most commonly called face value.
    • Face 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.""Lake Leman wooes me with its crystal face ."
    • Face (Mach) The principal dressed surface of a plate, disk, or pulley; the principal flat surface of a part or object.
    • Face (Print) The style or cut of a type or font of type.
    • Face (Print) The upper surface, or the character upon the surface, of a type, plate, etc.
    • Face (Mach) 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 .
    • Face To carry a false appearance; to play the hypocrite. "To lie, to face , to forge."
    • Face To cause to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.
    • Face To Confront impudently; to bully. "I will neither be faced nor braved."
    • Face To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon; as, a building faced with marble.
    • Face 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.
    • Face To line near the edge, esp. with a different material; as, to face the front of a coat, or the bottom of a dress.
    • Face (Mach) 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.
    • Face 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. "I'll face This tempest, and deserve the name of king."
    • Face To present a face or front.
    • Face To stand opposite to; to stand with the face or front toward; to front upon; as, the apartments of the general faced the park; some of the seats on the train faced backward. "He gained also with his forces that part of Britain which faces Ireland."
    • Face To turn the face; as, to face to the right or left. "Face about, man; a soldier, and afraid!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Oklahoma, people who make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
    • n face The front part of the human head, and by extension of the head of any animal, made up of the forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, and chin; the visage; the countenance.
    • n face Aspect or expression of the face; look; countenance; manner of regard, as implying approval or disapproval: as, he set his face against it.
    • n face An expressive look; an assumed facial aspect indicative of some feeling, especially one of ridicule, disgust, or the like. See to make a face, below.
    • n face Decent outward appearance; aspect or semblance of propriety.
    • n face Confidence, as indicated by the expression of the countenance; effrontery; audacity; assurance; impudence.
    • n face Front; presence; sight: as in the phrases before the face, in the face, to the face, from the face.
    • n face In anatomy, technically, a part of the head or skull distinguished from the cranium proper or brain-box, the facial region or facies, containing the eyes, nose, and mouth, but not the ears. See facial.
    • n face In entomology, the front of an insect's head between the compound eyes. In descriptions the term is applied to a more or less definite area, which varies for the different orders.
    • n face In botany, the upper or inner or free surface of an organ, as opposed to the back.
    • n face The front or the principal surface of anything; the surface presented to view, or the side or part of a side on which the use of the thing depends: as, the face of the earth or of the waters; the face of a clock (the dial), of a plane (the sole), of a hammer (the striking-surface of the head), of a type (the surface giving the impression), etc.
    • n face A plane surface of a solid; one of the surfaces bounding a solid: as, the face of an arrowhead. Thus, a cube or die has six faces; an octahedron has eight faces.
    • n face That part of the cog of a geared wheel which projects beyond the pitch-line.
    • n face The working or cutting portion of a grinding-wheel, or the edge of any cutting-tool.
    • n face That part of the surface of a valve which comes in contact with the seat.
    • n face In mining, but chiefly in coalmining: Properly, the front of a working; that part of the coal-seam which is being mined. Sometimes also called the working-face.
    • n face Sometimes, improperly, same as back or cleat.
    • n face The superficial appearance or seeming of anything; observable state or condition; aspect in general.
    • n face In astrology, one of thirty-six parts of the zodiac formed by dividing each sign into three equal parts. Each face was assigned to one of the planets—namely, the first face of Aries to Mars, who is the lord of that house, and all the following faces to the sun, Venus, Mercury, the moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars, in regular rotation.
    • n face The words of a written paper, especially of a commercial or legal paper, as a note or judgment, in their apparent or obvious meaning; specifically— the express terms;
    • n face the principal sum due, exclusive of interest accrued by law: as, the face of a draft.
    • n face In arch., same as band, 2 .
    • n face In bookbinding, the front edge or fore edge of a book.
    • face To turn the face or front full toward; confront; be or stand in front of or opposite to, literally or figuratively: as, to face an audience; the house faces the sea; we are facing important events.
    • face Hence To confront boldly; make a stand against; oppose or defy: as, to face the consequences.
    • face To cover or partly cover with something in front.
    • face Specifically— Of buildings: as, a house faced with marble.
    • face In tailoring, dressmaking, etc., to cover some part of (a garment), as lappets or the hem, with another material. See revers and facing.
    • face To smooth or dress the face of, as a stone, etc.
    • face To turn the face of upward; expose the face of in dealing: said of a playing-card.
    • face Hence— To face it out by sheer audacity.
    • face To persist in maintaining (an assertion which is not true); maintain unblushingly and shamelessly; brave, as a charge, with effrontery: as, she faced it out.
    • face To appear.
    • face To carry a false appearance; play the hypocrite.
    • face To brag; rail; vaunt; boast.
    • face To turn the face; especially, in military tactics, to turn on the heel to the right or left, or to a reverse position, as at the word of command, right face, left face, or right about face.
    • face To deface.
    • face To damage or spoil the surface of, as by wear or accident.
    • n face An obsolete form of fesse.
    • n face See the extract.
    • n face In geometry, the angle of two consecutive edges of an angloid.
    • n face In architecture, the outer and generally vertical surface of any part of a building, whether a single stone or course of stones, or a whole side, front, or rear. When a wall is not concealed within by plastering and woodwork it may even be spoken of as having an outer and an inner face. Before a stone is put in place each one of its surfaces may be called a face, but when placed in the wall it has two beds, two joints (vertical), a face, and a back. For a face of a building in the sense of front, see façade.
    • n face In turpentine orcharding, the surface of wood exposed on the side of the trunk of the pine to cause the resin to flow. There may be two or three faces to a tree. A crop consists of about 10,500 faces.
    • n face In fortification, the outer side of a bastion or lunette: in contradistinction to the inner side or flank.
    • n face In mech.: A smooth or polished surface.
    • n face The side of a slide-valve which slides on the seat; the seat or surface on which a slide-valve travels.
    • n face The contact-surface of a valve which lifts from its seat to open the passage through.
    • face In post-office usage, to arrange (letters) with their faces in one direction: as, to face the stamped and paid letters.
    • face To give a false face or surface to; cause to imitate something else, fraudulently; specifically, to color (tea or coffee) so as to give a false impression of superior quality.
    • face In horticulture, to place a layer of apples (usually with the stem ends uppermost or outermost) next the head of (the barrel), so that the fruit will have a uniform and attractive appearance when the barrel is opened.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest sculpture ever made are the faces of Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt on Mt. Rushmore.
    • n Face fās the front part of the head, including forehead, eyes, nose, mouth, cheeks, and chin: the outside make or appearance: front or surface of anything: the edge of a cutting-tool, &c.: the part of a coal-seam actually being mined: cast of features, any special appearance or expression of the countenance: look, configuration: boldness, effrontery; presence:
    • v.t Face 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
    • v.i Face to turn the face, as in military tactics—'right face,' &c
    • n Face fās (B.) anger or favour
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  • Billie Burke
    Billie Burke
    “A woman past forty should make up her mind to be young; not her face.”
  • Jack Nicklaus
    Jack Nicklaus
    “The older you get the stronger the wind gets -- and it's always in your face.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “Poor little Foal of an oppressed race! I love the languid patience of thy face.”
  • Christopher Walken
    Christopher Walken
    “I tend to play mostly villains and twisted people. Unsavory guys. I think it's my face, the way I look.”
  • Fred Astaire
    Fred Astaire
    “The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.”
  • Murray Kempton
    Murray Kempton
    “The faces in New York remind me of people who played a game and lost.”


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.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. face—L. ''facies'', form, face; perh. from facĕre, to make.


In literature:

There was only the most meagre pretense at greeting when these men came face to face.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
On the contrary, a look or a word was enough at any moment to bring a snarling pair face to face.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
It showed its face, and the face was white, too.
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
They formed a decided contrast, these two, standing face to face.
"Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter" by Lawrence L. Lynch
And when we were face to face with that mess, what good were you?
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
He was face to face with a scene such as he had never even pictured.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
He had stood face to face with a woman, unarmed and in a lonely place, and had tasted Fear.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
As he turned he found himself face to face with the woman.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Her eyes went searchingly from face to face of the attentive assembly.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
Not far away, de Verceuil's dark face under his wide-brimmed red hat stood out above the other faces in the crowd on the steps.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Perhaps we'll face each other again
but there,
where you left me,
you'll not meet me
"The Tattered Cord (Der Abgerissen Strick, translation with original German)" by Bertolt Brecht
My face isn't pretty,
Nor is it quite plain —
I suppose it's an ordin'ry
Face in the main.
"My Face" by Anonymous British
A snake said:
"In the world there is a place
Where you can lie
And dream of her white face."
"A Ballad of The Kind Little Creatures" by Richard Le Gallienne
What more white?
The face of Truth made known,
The voice of Youth
Singing before her throne.
"Inscriptions : VI." by Thomas MacDonagh
Stormy sadness' sister, see
our lonely skiff sunk down
by starry skies:
the silent face of night.
"Klage" by Georg Trakl
Said the Talkshow skeleton
Fuck you in the face
Said the Family Values skeleton
My family values mace
"Ballad Of The Skeletons" by Allen Ginsberg

In news:

The team is split in two and lined up single file, end to end, half facing one basket, half facing the other.
Claudine Adams, the president of a small technology contractor in Maryland, walked into a routine meeting at an Army base in April and was surprised to find herself face-to-face with three government attorneys.
Face to Face with Sen Bennet .
Hello and welcome to Face to Face, I'm John Dickerson here in Denver, Colorado with Sen Michael Bennet .
When she went out to sit in a tree stand that Sunday afternoon in September, she had no idea she'd come face to face with a big ball of black.
Utica police responded to the call of two wild boars in East Utica on Wednesday & came face to face with a wild boar upon their arrival.
In the future, a time-traveling hit man comes face to face with his younger self.
Nothing beats face-to-face interaction with your suppliers.
He forced his face into the rear of two of the three women, one of whom said Starkenburg "did a face plant in my butt .".
In a pic Cassie tweeted from the twosome's "The Boys" video, Nicki is seen kneeling down in front of Cassie , who has her best O face/rough face on, with her hand strategically placed above Cassie 's shelved boobies.
(AP) A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre, vicious attack faces a bigger threat from infection than from the injuries themselves, according to experts on facial reconstruction.
Nash, who underwent a full face transplant after being mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009, revealed her new face in the first post-surgery photo.
A man accused of breaking into a woman's home on Christmas Day and slashing her face with a sharp object in front of her children is facing two felony charges, Oswego County sheriff's deputies said.
With time growing short and no "fiscal cliff " progress evident, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner met for face-to-face negotiations late Thursday at the White House.
Measuring the value of face-to-face events.

In science:

The totality F of all the faces is a poset under the face relation.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
For the hyperplane face semigroup, L is the intersection lattice, the support of a face being its affine span.
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
Moreover, for any J ⊆ I the stabilizer of the face of C of type J is the subgroup WI−J generated by {si : i ∈ I − J }; for example, the face of type I − i has stabilizer of order 2, generated by si .
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
The hyperplanes Hi induce a partition of V into convex sets called faces (or relatively open faces ).
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains
The face poset of A is the set F of faces, ordered as follows: F ≤ G if for each i ∈ I either σi (F ) = 0 or σi (F ) = σi (G).
Semigroups, rings, and Markov chains