IPA: fˈeɪs


  • (anatomy) The front part of the head of a human or other animal, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth, and the surrounding area.
  • (informal or slang)
  • One's facial expression.
  • (in expressions such as 'make a face') A distorted facial expression; an expression of displeasure, insult, etc.
  • (informal) The amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, etc., without any interest or discount; face value.
  • (professional wrestling, slang) 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.
  • (slang) The mouth.
  • (slang) Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.
  • (figurative)
  • Public image; outward appearance.
  • Good reputation; standing, in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige.
  • Shameless confidence; boldness; effrontery.
  • An aspect of the character or nature of someone or something.
  • (figurative) Presence; sight; front.
  • (metonymically) A person; the self; (reflexively, objectifying) oneself.
  • (informal) A familiar or well-known person; a member of a particular scene, such as the music or fashion scene.
  • The frontal aspect of something.
  • The numbered dial of a clock or watch; the clock face.
  • The directed force of something.
  • Any surface, especially a front or outer one.
  • (geometry) Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron; more generally, any of the bounding pieces of a polytope of any dimension.
  • (cricket) The front surface of a bat.
  • (golf) The part of a golf club that hits the ball.
  • (heraldry) The head of a lion, shown face-on and cut off immediately behind the ears.
  • (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).
  • (mechanics)The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end to end.
  • (mining)The exposed surface of the mineral deposit where it is being mined. Also the exposed end surface of a tunnel where digging may still be in progress.
  • (typography) A typeface.
  • A mode of regard, whether favourable or unfavourable; favour or anger.


  • (transitive, of a person or animal) To position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).
  • (transitive, of an object) To have its front closest to, or in the direction of (something else).
  • (transitive) To cause (something) to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.
  • (transitive, retail) To improve the display of stock by ensuring items aren't upside down or back to front and are pulled forwards.
  • (transitive) To be presented or confronted with; to have in prospect.
  • (transitive) To deal with (a difficult situation or person); to accept (facts, reality, etc.) even when undesirable.
  • (intransitive) To have the front in a certain direction.
  • (transitive) To have as an opponent.
  • (intransitive, cricket) To be the batsman on strike.
  • (transitive, obsolete) To confront impudently; to bully.
  • (transitive) To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon.
  • (transitive) 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.
  • (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 (transverse) surface of, as distinguished from the cylindrical (axial) surface.
  • (transitive, retail) To arrange the products in (a store) so that they are tidy and attractive.

Examples of "face" in Sentences

  • This is the face of prisoner.
  • The face of the skin is very fragile.
  • He faces the viewer with a smirk on his face.
  • Face to face conversation always works effectively.
  • He is_, _knowing as we are known_, _and seeing face to face_.
  • In the human anatomy, the chin is the lowermost part of the face.
  • The DNA of the human genome will be engraved on one of the faces.
  • Measure from the face of the casing to the face of the structure.
  • Images are part of the human mind's insatiable need to put a face to a name.
  • (_The man turns as the other goes towards him, and they meet face to face_.)
  • Her sole purpose is to extinguish the human race from the face of the universe.
  • "And they shall see his face," murmured Russell, "_and they shall see his face_."
  • Text enclosed between tilde characters was in bold face in the original (~bold face~).
  • Hence when Jacob said, _I saw God face to face_, we are not to understand that he saw the Essence of
  • She saw the face which she had last seen so life-like -- as a _dead face_, with its pale, pure features and fair hair.
  • He requested the presentation of the author, John Locke, and thanked him face to face -- neither, like the augurs, able to keep his _face_ -- for such antidotes to the blues.
  • Life, and to this day I doubt if I could sit down and describe fully the shape or moulding of any one particular feature of that face, for it was not the _face_, but the expression that formed it, that inclined me toward it.
  • "On the other hand," continued Orme, turning the bill over and eyeing the inscription on its face, "your mistake in first writing the name instead of printing it, shows me that you did write the words on the _face_ of the bill."
  • There will still be a monitor, Eusebius, to hold the looking-glass to you, and the like of you: and look to your face; and whenever you find that you have _put a good face_ upon any doubtful matter, take the trouble then to look at your hands; and if they be clean, look again and see if your face and hands are clean together.

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