face

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English face, from Old French face, from Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin faciēs (form, appearance), from facere (to make, do).

Displaced 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) and Middle English chere (face) from Old French chere.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: fās, IPA(key): /feɪs/
  • (file)
  • (file)
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: face
  • Rhymes: -eɪs

Noun[edit]

face (plural faces)

  1. (anatomy) The front part of the head of a human or other animal, featuring the eyes, nose and mouth, and the surrounding area.
    That girl has a pretty face.
    The monkey pressed its face against the railings.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, in 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, in 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. []
  2. One's facial expression.
    Why the sad face?
  3. (in expressions such as 'make a face') A distorted facial expression; an expression of displeasure, insult, etc.
    Children! Stop making faces at each other!
  4. The public image; outward appearance.
    Our chairman is the face of this company.
    He managed to show a bold face despite his embarrassment.
  5. The frontal aspect of something.
    The face of the cliff loomed above them.
  6. An aspect of the character or nature of someone or something.
    This is a face of her that we have not seen before.
    Poverty is the ugly face of capitalism.
  7. (figuratively) Presence; sight; front.
    to fly in the face of danger
    to speak before the face of God
  8. The directed force of something.
    They turned the boat into the face of the storm.
  9. Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. (See lose face, save face).
  10. Shameless confidence; boldness; effrontery.
    You've got some face coming round here after what you've done.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Tillotson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      This is the man that has the face to charge others with false citations.
  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.
  12. (geometry) Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron. More generally, any of the bounding pieces of a polytope of any dimension.
  13. The numbered dial of a clock or watch, the clock face.
  14. (slang) The mouth.
    Shut your face!
    He's always stuffing his face with chips.
  15. (slang) Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.
    I'll be out in a sec. Just let me put on my face.
  16. (metonymically) A person.
    It was just the usual faces at the pub tonight.
  17. (informal) A familiar or well-known person; a member of a particular scene, such as music or fashion scene.
    He owned several local businesses and was a face around town.
  18. (slang, professional wrestling) A baby face: a headlining wrestler whose in-ring persona is embodying heroic or virtuous traits.
    The fans cheered on the face as he made his comeback.
  19. (cricket) The front surface of a bat.
  20. (golf) The part of a golf club that hits the ball.
  21. (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).
  22. (heraldry) The head of a lion, shown face-on and cut off immediately behind the ears.
  23. The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end to end.
    a pulley or cog wheel of ten inches face
  24. (typography) A typeface.
  25. Mode of regard, whether favourable or unfavourable; favour or anger.
  26. (informal) The amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, etc., without any interest or discount; face value.
    • 1966 November, “Classified Opportunity Mart: Stamp Collecting [advertisement]”, in Popular Science Monthly, volume 189, number 5, page 229:
      MAKE Money-wholesale U.S. stamps—buy mint stamps below face. Be a dealer. Send $1.00 for two giant catalogs, refunded first order. Von Stein, Bernardsville, N.J.
    • 1995 January 18, Ed Jackson, “Re: US sheets -- Sell for how much?”, in rec.collecting.stamps, Usenet[2]:
      With certain exceptions for valuable stamps, dealers and many collectors are only willing to offer a percentage of face (80-90%). So instead, Lloyd took the sheets to work and posted a message asking if anyone wanted to buy sheets of old U.S. stamps at face.
    • 2005 March 16, Cliff, “Re: This sounds like a newbie question....”, in rec.collecting.coins, Usenet[3]:
      Talking about buying below face, I've bought a lot of rolled coins at below face. I'm not going to pay face just to drag them to the bank and deposit them.

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Descendants[edit]

  • Danish: fjæs
  • Norwegian: fjes
  • Swedish: fjäs

Translations[edit]

See face/translations § Noun.

Verb[edit]

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.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0045:
      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.
  3. (transitive) To cause (something) to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.
  4. (transitive) To be presented or confronted with; to have in prospect.
    We are facing an uncertain future.
  5. (transitive) To deal with (a difficult situation or person); to accept (facts, reality, etc.) even when undesirable.
    I'm going to have to face this sooner or later.
    • (Can we date this quote by John Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      I'll face / This tempest, and deserve the name of king.
    • 2013 June 7, Joseph Stiglitz, “Globalisation is about taxes too”, in 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”, in 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.
  6. (intransitive) To have the front in a certain direction.
    The seats in the carriage faced backwards.
  7. (transitive) To have as an opponent.
    Puddletown United face Mudchester Rovers in the quarter-finals.
    • 2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in 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.
  8. (intransitive, cricket) To be the batsman on strike.
    Willoughby comes in to bowl, and it's Hobson facing.
  9. (transitive, obsolete) To confront impudently; to bully.
  10. (transitive) To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon.
    a building faced with marble
  11. (transitive) To line near the edge, especially with a different material.
    to face the front of a coat, or the bottom of a dress
  12. 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.
  13. (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.
  14. (transitive, retail) To arrange the products in (a store) so that they are tidy and attractive.
    In my first job, I learned how to operate a till and to face the store to high standards.

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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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Noun[edit]

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).

Noun[edit]

face f (plural facis)

  1. face

Interlingua[edit]

Verb[edit]

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. second-person singular present imperative active of faciō

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Old French face, from Vulgar Latin *facia, from Classical Latin faciēs.

Noun[edit]

face (plural faces)

  1. (anatomy) face
    • 14th C., Chaucer, General Prologue
      Boold was hir face, and fair, and reed of hewe.
      Bold was her face, and fair, and red of hue.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English fæs.

Noun[edit]

face

  1. Alternative form of fass

Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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

  1. (anatomy) face
    • c. 1170, Chrétien de Troyes, Érec et Énide:
      Le chief li desarme et la face.
      He exposed his head and his face.
    • c. 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
    • 1377, Bernard de Gordon, Fleur de lis de medecine (a.k.a. lilium medicine), page 148 of this essay:
      Les signes subsequens est face enflée []
      the symptoms are the following: swollen face []

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Portuguese[edit]

Portuguese Wikipedia has an article on:
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face

Etymology[edit]

From Old Portuguese façe, faz, from Latin faciēs.

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Noun[edit]

face f (plural faces)

  1. (anatomy, geometry) face
    Synonyms: cara, rosto
  2. (anatomy) the cheek
    Synonym: bochecha

References[edit]

  • façe” in Dicionario de dicionarios do galego medieval.

Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin facere, present active infinitive of faciō[1], from Proto-Italic *fakiō, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁- (to put, place, set). The verb's original past participle was fapt, from factum, but was changed and replaced several centuries ago. An alternative third-person simple perfect, fece, from fecit, was also found in some dialects.[2]

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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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Spanish[edit]

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Verb[edit]

face

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of facer.
  2. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of facer.
  3. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of facer.