face

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English face, from Anglo-Norman face and Old French face (Modern French face), from Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin facies (form, appearance), from facere (to make, do).

Replaced native Middle English onlete (face, countenance, appearance), anleth (face), from Old English anwlite, andwlita, compare German Antlitz; Old English ansīen (face), Middle English neb (face, nose) (from Old English nebb), Middle English ler, leor, leer (face, cheek, countenance) (from Old English hlēor), and non-native Middle English vis (face, appearance, look) (from Old French vis).

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face (plural faces)

  1. (anatomy) The front part of the head, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth and the surrounding area.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 7, The China Governess[1]:
      ‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared. […]’
    She has a pretty face.
  2. One's facial expression.
    Why the sad face?
  3. The public image; outward appearance.
    The face of this company.
    He managed to show a bold face despite his embarrassment.
  4. The frontal aspect of something.
    The face of the cliff loomed above them.
  5. (figuratively) Presence; sight; front.
    to fly in the face of danger
    to speak before the face of God
  6. The directed force of something.
    They turned to boat into the face of the storm.
  7. Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. (See lose face, save face).
  8. Shameless confidence; boldness; effrontery.
    • Tillotson
      This is the man that has the face to charge others with false citations.
  9. The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end to end.
    a pulley or cog wheel of ten inches face
  10. (geometry) Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron. More generally, any of the bounding pieces of a polytope of any dimension.
  11. Any surface; especially a front or outer one.
    Put a big sign on each face of the building that can be seen from the road.
    They climbed the north face of the mountain.
    She wanted to wipe him off the face of the earth.
    • Bible, Genesis ii. 6
      A mist [] watered the whole face of the ground.
    • Byron
      Lake Leman woos me with its crystal face.
  12. The numbered dial of a clock or watch.
  13. (slang) The mouth.
    Shut your face!
    He's always stuffing his face with chips.
  14. (slang) Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.
    I'll be out in a sec. Just let me put on my face.
  15. (slang, professional wrestling) Short for babyface. A wrestler whose on-ring persona is embodying heroic or virtuous traits. Contrast with heel.
    The fans cheered on the face as he made his comeback.
  16. (cricket) The front surface of a bat.
  17. (golf) The part of a golf club that hits the ball.
  18. (card games) 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).
  19. (typography) A typeface.
  20. Mode of regard, whether favourable or unfavourable; favour or anger.
    • Bible, Numbers vi. 25
      The Lord make his face to shine upon thee.
    • Bible, Ezek. vii. 22
      My face [favour] will I turn also from them.
  21. (computing) An interface.
    • [...] to stress that JavaServer Faces is not only about ‘visual’ user interfaces, we propose to use the term ‘face’, to express what for visual interfaces is typically named a ‘screen’.
  22. The amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, etc., without any interest or discount; face value.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of McElrath to this entry?)

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face (third-person singular simple present faces, present participle facing, simple past and past participle faced)

  1. (transitive, of a person or animal) To position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).
    Face the sun.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, Ch.I:
      Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
  2. (transitive, of an object) To have its front closest to, or in the direction of (something else).
    Turn the chair so it faces the table.
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      He gained also with his forces that part of Britain which faces Ireland.
  3. (transitive) To cause (something) to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.
  4. (transitive) To deal with (a difficult situation or person).
    I'm going to have to face this sooner or later.
    • John Dryden (1631-1700)
      I'll face / This tempest, and deserve the name of king.
    • 2013 June 7, Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalisation is about taxes too”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 19: 
      It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. It is a tax system that is pivotal in creating the increasing inequality that marks most advanced countries today […].
    • 2013 June 8, “Obama goes troll-hunting”, The Economist, volume 407, number 8839, page 55: 
      According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.
  5. (intransitive) To have the front in a certain direction.
    The bunkers faced north and east, toward Germany.
  6. (transitive) To have as an opponent.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, BBC:
      And a further boost to England's qualification prospects came after the final whistle when Wales recorded a 2-1 home win over group rivals Montenegro, who Capello's men face in their final qualifier.
  7. (intransitive, cricket) To be the batsman on strike.
  8. (obsolete) To confront impudently; to bully.
  9. To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon.
    a building faced with marble
  10. To line near the edge, especially with a different material.
    to face the front of a coat, or the bottom of a dress
  11. 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.
  12. (engineering) 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.

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  • (position oneself/itself towards):
  • (have its front closest to):
  • (deal with): confront, deal with

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French and Old French face, from Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin faciēs (face, shape).

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face f (plural faces)

  1. face (anatomy)
  2. surface, side
  3. face (geometry)
  4. head (of a coin)

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Friulian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin faciēs (face, shape).

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face f (plural facis)

  1. face

Interlingua[edit]

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face

  1. present of facer
  2. imperative of facer

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

face

  1. (archaic) third-person singular indicative present of fare.

Latin[edit]

Noun[edit]

face

  1. ablative singular of fax

Verb[edit]

face

  1. singular present imperative active of faciō

Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old French face, from Vulgar Latin *facia < Classical Latin facies

Noun[edit]

face (plural faces)

  1. (anatomy) face
    • 14th Century, Chaucer, General Prologue
      Boold was hir face, and fair, and reed of hewe.
      Bold was her face, and fair, and red of hue.

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin faciēs (face, shape).

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face f (oblique plural faces, nominative singular face, nominative plural faces)

  1. (anatomy) face
    • circa 1170, Chrétien de Troyes, Érec et Énide:
      Le chief li desarme et la face.
      He exposed his head and his face.
    • circa 1155, Wace, Le Roman de Brut:
      Li rois regarda li deus freres
      A cors bien fais, a faces cleres
      The king looked at the two brothers
      With their well-built bodies and clear faces

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Portuguese[edit]

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face

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese façe, faz, from Latin facies.

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face f (plural faces)

  1. (anatomy, geometry) face
  2. (anatomy) the cheek

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  • façe” in Dicionario de dicionarios do galego medieval.

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin facere, present active infinitive of faciō. The verb's original past participle was fapt but was changed and replaced several centuries ago.

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Verb[edit]

a face (third-person singular present face, past participle făcut3rd conj.

  1. (transitive) do, make
  2. (reflexive) to be made, to be done

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