• Face of Steel Square, Octagon, 'Eight-Square,' Scale
    Face of Steel Square, Octagon, 'Eight-Square,' Scale
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n facing providing something with a surface of a different material
    • n facing a protective covering that protects the outside of a building
    • n facing a lining applied to the edge of a garment for ornamentation or strengthening
    • n facing an ornamental coating to a building
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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
A man's face in a U-shaped frame A man's face in a U-shaped frame
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The human face is made up of 14 bones
    • Facing A covering in front, for ornament or other purpose; an exterior covering or sheathing; as, the facing of an earthen slope, sea wall, etc. , to strengthen it or to protect or adorn the exposed surface.
    • Facing A lining placed near the edge of a garment for ornament or protection.
    • Facing (Founding) A powdered substance, as charcoal, bituminous coal, etc., applied to the face of a mold, or mixed with the sand that forms it, to give a fine smooth surface to the casting.
    • Facing (Mil) The collar and cuffs of a military coat; -- commonly of a color different from that of the coat.
    • Facing (Arch) The finishing of any face of a wall with material different from that of which it is chiefly composed, or the coating or material so used.
    • Facing (Mil) The movement of soldiers by turning on their heels to the right, left, or about; -- chiefly in the pl.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Four different people played the part of Darth Vader (body, face, voice, and breathing).
    • n facing A covering in front for ornament, distinction, protection, or other purpose. In architecture, a thin covering of hewn or polished stone over an inferior stone, or a stratum of plaster or cement on a brick or rough stone wall.
    • n facing In founding, fine sand or powder applied to the face of a mold which receives the metal, to give a smooth surface to the casting.
    • n facing A mode of preparing tea for the market by treating it with coloring matter and other substances, so as to imitate tea of better quality and higher value; also, the materials used in this process of adulteration.
    • n facing Milit., the movement of a soldier in turning on the heel to the right, left, right about, left about, etc.: as, to put a recruit through his facings.
    • n facing Boasting; swaggering.
    • n facing The process of joining two pieces of timber by a rabbet.
    • n facing In chess, the way or direction in which a piece should face.
    • n facing In brickmaking, the opening through which the bricks are wheeled into the kiln and hauled out after burning. Also called abutment.
    • n facing The process of preparing the face or working-surface of a millstone.
    • n facing In confectionery, giving a smooth finish to the surface of the paste for lozenges, by strewing it with starch-powder and fine sugar and rubbing them in by hand.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Oklahoma, people who make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and/or jailed.
    • Facing a covering in front for ornament or protection
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  • Roland Barthes
    “The face of Garbo is an Idea, that of Hepburn an Event.”
  • Robert C. Gallagher
    Robert C. Gallagher
    “Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Glances of true beauty can be seen in the faces of those who live in true meekness.”
  • Pearl Bailey
    Pearl Bailey
    “You never find yourself until you face the truth.”
  • Hermann Hesse
    “The truth has a million faces, but there is only one truth.”
  • Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    “Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known.”


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.


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


In literature:

Mrs. Hannay's face was the round face of innocence, the face of a cherub with blown cheeks and lips shaped for the trumpet.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
Dorothy Fair's face was very sweet to see; her blue eyes and her soft lips were innocent and fond under her lover's gaze.
"Madelon" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
As Jerome spaded, the smell of the fresh earth came up in his face.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She buried her face in it, rose dripping, shaking the water off her eyes and face and hair, and swam out to sea with long and steady strokes.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Now all at once, when they had stopped to look at some wonderful doll-houses, she saw her face to face.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
He was face to face with a long-looked-for revenge.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
He wheeled at the closing of the gate, and they stood face to face.
"The Swindler and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Like most other men, I had never sat face to face with one who had taken the life of another.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
Socola met Dick Welford suddenly face to face, smiled and bowed.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Furtively they flitted from face to face in those rows of faces at the walls.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans

In poetry:

For, ere this, face to face with his Father
Our Martyr hath stood;
Giving into his hand the white record
With its great seal of blood!
"Abraham Lincoln" by Phoebe Cary
As my thoughts in listless wandering
With these phantom shadows fly,
Meseems they wear the forms of faces,
Faces loved in days gone by.
"In The Twilight" by Madge Morris Wagner
The century shrivels like a scroll,--
The past becomes the present,--
And face to face, and soul to soul,
We greet the monarch-peasant.
"For The Burns Centennial Celebration" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
She sang of lovers met to play
"Under the may bloom, under the may,"
But when I sought her face so fair,
I found the set face of Despair.
"A Casual Song" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
Now dusky shadows cloud my day,
But then the shades will flee away:
My Lord will break the dimming glass,
And shew his glory face to face.
"The Believer's Soliloquy; Especially in Times of Desertion, Temptation, Affliction, &c." by Ralph Erskine
Time passed; with change of hopes and fears,
And in the self-same place,
Two women, gray with middle years,
Stood, wondering, face to face.
"The Wishing Bridge" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Author Amanda Little says it was an unhappy surprise when she came face-to-face with the question of her own energy dependence.
Pavement maintenance contractors are facing what every construction specialty firm is facing … rising costs in just about every facet of the business.
What has Lindsay done to her face Her face looked bloated and puffy stepping out last night at an A & E and USA Networks event.
Lindsay Lohan's Puffy Face What has Lindsay done to her face Her face looked bloated and puffy stepping out last night at an A & E and USA Networks event.
Mark Sanchez is the face of the franchise, and right now his GQ face is sporting a black eye.
After another conversation with Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein on Tuesday, Mike Quade was hopeful his face-to-face meeting with Epstein in Tampa would have a happy ending.
In a home health proposed rule issued today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes additional regulatory flexibility regarding therapy documentation and reassessment as well as face-to-face encounter requirements.
Super- recognizer Jennifer Jarett can recognize almost every face she's ever seen - waiters, salespeople, even faces she comes across on Internet dating sites.
Face to Face with Meredith Williams.
A homeless man whose face was mostly chewed off in a bizarre, vicious attack in Miami faces a bigger threat from infection than from the injuries themselves, according to experts on facial reconstruction.
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago authorities say a 44-year-old woman faces charges for allegedly throwing rubbing alcohol in a bus driver's face during a fight over fare.
Rick Rosenthal has a face-to-face encounter with a baby sailfish that emerges from the darkness.
Its sales force was unenthusiastic about the company's fall 2008 decision to upset its 20-year tradition of face-to-face sales conferences and instead hold a large-scale virtual event in 2009.
Clarification of the intent of the use of the phrase face of faced.
Face essences and face softeners are different from toners, and a must-have among Asian women.

In science:

Faces that consist of a single point are called vertices and 1-dimensional faces are called edges of P .
Faces of Generalized Permutohedra
Given any convex polytope P in Rn and a face F of P , the normal cone to P at F , denoted NF (P ), is the subset of linear functionals λ ∈ (Rn )∗ whose maximum on P is achieved on all of the points in the face F , i.e., NF (P ) := {λ ∈ (Rn )∗ | λ(x) = max{λ(y ) | y ∈ P } for all x ∈ F }.
Faces of Generalized Permutohedra
The combinatorial structure of faces of P can be encoded by the lattice of faces of P ordered via inclusion.
Faces of Generalized Permutohedra
For a d-dimensional polytope P , the face number fi (P ) is the number of i-dimensional faces of P .
Faces of Generalized Permutohedra
For any face F of F (of an arbitrary dimension), let GF (F ) be the induced subgraph on the set of d-dimensional cones of F containing F as a face.
Faces of Generalized Permutohedra