• The front part of the head of a human or other animal, featuring the eyes, nose and mouth, and the surrounding area.
  • One's facial expression.
  • A distorted facial expression; an expression of displeasure, insult, etc.
  • The public image; outward appearance.
  • The frontal aspect of something.
  • An aspect of the character or nature of someone or something.
  • Presence; sight; front.
  • The directed force of something.
  • Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. (See lose face, save face).
  • Shameless confidence; boldness; effrontery.
  • Any surface, especially a front or outer one.
  • Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron. More generally, any of the bounding pieces of a polytope of any dimension.
  • The numbered dial of a clock or watch, the clock face.
  • The mouth.
  • Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.
  • A person.
  • A familiar or well-known person; a member of a particular scene, such as music or fashion scene.
  • A headlining wrestler with a persona embodying heroic or virtuous traits and who is regarded as a "good guy", especially one who is handsome and well-conditioned; a baby face.
  • The front surface of a bat.
  • The part of a golf club that hits the ball.
  • The side of the card that shows its value (as opposed to the back side, which looks the same on all cards of the deck).
  • The head of a lion, shown face-on and cut off immediately behind the ears.
  • The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end to end.
  • A typeface.
  • Mode of regard, whether favourable or unfavourable; favour or anger.
  • The amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, etc., without any interest or discount; face value.


  • To position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).
  • To have its front closest to, or in the direction of (something else).
  • To cause (something) to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.
  • To be presented or confronted with; to have in prospect.
  • To deal with (a difficult situation or person); to accept (facts, reality, etc.) even when undesirable.
  • To have the front in a certain direction.
  • To have as an opponent.
  • To be the batsman on strike.
  • To confront impudently; to bully.
  • To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon.
  • To line near the edge, especially with a different material.
  • 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.
  • To make the surface of (anything) flat or smooth; to dress the face of (a stone, a casting, etc.); especially, in turning, to shape or smooth the flat surface of, as distinguished from the cylindrical surface.
  • To arrange the products in (a store) so that they are tidy and attractive.


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  • From Middle English face, from Old French face, from Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin faciēs ("form, appearance").
  • Displaced native Middle English onlete ("face, countenance, appearance"), anleth, from Old English anwlite, andwlita, compare German Antlitz; Old English ansīen ("face"), Middle English neb ("face, nose") (from Old English nebb), Middle English leer ("face, cheek, countenance") (from Old English hlēor), and non-native Middle English vis ("face, appearance, look") (from Old French vis) and Middle English chere from Old French chere.

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