face

If you have a mirror above your bed, the first thing you see each morning might be your own face. Once you've seen that your nose is still there, you're ready to face the day!

When you face someone you are across from them, maybe looking them in the eye. If you make a funny face, the person across from you might laugh. Or, if the person is your mother, she might tell you to stop it unless you want your face to stay that way. If you want to “save face,” then it's important to you not to look foolish in front of others.

Primary Meanings of face

1.
nv
the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear
turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction
2.
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the general outward appearance of something
cover the front or surface of
3.
v
deal with (something unpleasant) head on
4.
n
a specific size and style of type within a type family
5.
n
status in the eyes of others
6.
n
impudent aggressiveness
Full Definitions of face
1

n the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear

“he washed his face
“I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news”
Synonyms:
human face
Types:
countenance, kisser, mug, phiz, physiognomy, smiler, visage
the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)
pudding face, pudding-face
a large fat human face
Type of:
external body part
any body part visible externally

n the part of an animal corresponding to the human face

Types:
muzzle
forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose
Type of:
external body part
any body part visible externally

n the feelings expressed on a person's face

“an angry face
Synonyms:
aspect, expression, facial expression, look
Types:
leer
a suggestive or sneering look or grin
light, spark, sparkle, twinkle
merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
Type of:
countenance, visage
the appearance conveyed by a person's face

n a part of a person that is used to refer to a person

“he looked out at a roomful of faces
“when he returned to work he met many new faces
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n a contorted facial expression

Synonyms:
grimace
Types:
moue, pout, wry face
a disdainful grimace
Type of:
facial expression, facial gesture
a gesture executed with the facial muscles

v turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction

“Turn and face your partner now”
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

v turn so as to expose the face

face a playing card”
Type of:
disclose, expose
disclose to view as by removing a cover
2

n the general outward appearance of something

“the face of the city is changing”
Type of:
appearance, visual aspect
outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

n a surface forming part of the outside of an object

“dew dripped from the face of the leaf”
Synonyms:
side
Types:
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beam-ends
(nautical) at the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel
bottom, underside, undersurface
the lower side of anything
forepart, front, front end
the side that is forward or prominent
lee, lee side, leeward
the side of something that is sheltered from the wind
windward
the side of something that is toward the wind
back end, backside, rear
the side of an object that is opposite its front
top, top side, upper side, upside
the highest or uppermost side of anything
base
a flat bottom on which something is intended to sit
bilge
where the sides of the vessel curve in to form the bottom
crest, crown
the center of a cambered road
heel
the bottom of a shoe or boot; the back part of a shoe or boot that touches the ground and provides elevation
sole
the underside of footwear or a golf club
poll
the part of the head between the ears
crown, pate, poll
the top of the head
nape, nucha, scruff
the back side of the neck
underbelly
lower side
forefront, head
the part in the front or nearest the viewer
rearward
direction toward the rear
desktop
the top of a desk
rooftop
the top of a (usually flat) roof
tiptop
the extreme top or summit
Type of:
surface
the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object

n a vertical surface of a building or cliff

Types:
perpendicular
an extremely steep face
coalface
the part of a coal seam that is being cut
Type of:
vertical surface
a surface that is vertical

n the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object)

“he dealt the cards face down”
Types:
clock dial, clock face
the face of a clock showing hours and minutes of the day
dial
the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours
Type of:
front
the side that is seen or that goes first

n the striking or working surface of an implement

Type of:
surface
the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary

v cover the front or surface of

“The building was faced with beautiful stones”
Types:
revet
face with a layer of stone or concrete or other supporting material so as to retain
reface
provide with a new facing
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

v be opposite

“the facing page”
“the two sofas face each other”
Synonyms:
front, look
be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
Type of:
be
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

v be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to

“The building faces the park”
Synonyms:
front, look
Antonyms:
back
be in back of
Types:
confront
be face to face with
Type of:
lie
be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

v line the edge (of a garment) with a different material

face the lapels of the jacket”
Types:
reface
put a new facing on (a garment)
Type of:
line
cover the interior of
3

v deal with (something unpleasant) head on

“He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes”
Synonyms:
confront, face up
confront, present
present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
Antonyms:
avoid
stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
Types:
tackle, take on, undertake
accept as a challenge
rise
exert oneself to meet a challenge
Type of:
approach, go about, set about
begin to deal with

v present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize

“He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions”
“An enormous dilemma faces us”
Synonyms:
confront, present
confront, face up
deal with (something unpleasant) head on

v oppose, as in hostility or a competition

“Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring”
Synonyms:
confront
Types:
breast, front
confront bodily
take the bull by the horns
face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it
match, oppose, pit, play off
set into opposition or rivalry
Type of:
encounter, meet, play, take on
contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle
4

n a specific size and style of type within a type family

Synonyms:
case, font, fount, typeface
Types:
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unicameral script
a script with a single case
bicameral script
a script having two distinct cases
constant-width font, fixed-width font, monospaced font, typewriter font
a typeface is which each character is given the same width (as by a typewriter)
proportional font
any font whose different characters have different widths
cartridge font, font cartridge
any font that is contained in a cartridge that can be plugged into a computer printer
Gothic, black letter
a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries
bold, bold face, boldface
a typeface with thick heavy lines
italic
a typeface with letters slanting upward to the right
raster font, screen font
the font that is displayed on a computer screen
Helvetica, sans serif
a typeface in which characters have no serifs
Latin alphabet, Roman alphabet
the alphabet evolved by the ancient Romans which serves for writing most of the languages of western Europe
Hebraic alphabet, Hebrew alphabet, Hebrew script
a Semitic alphabet used since the 5th century BC for writing the Hebrew language (and later for writing Yiddish and Ladino)
Cyrillic, Cyrillic alphabet
an alphabet derived from the Greek alphabet and used for writing Slavic languages (Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian, Ukrainian, and some other Slavic languages)
Arabic alphabet
the alphabet of 28 characters derived from Aramaic and used for writing Arabic languages (and borrowed for writing Urdu)
Bodoni, Bodoni font, modern, modern font
a typeface (based on an 18th century design by Gianbattista Bodoni) distinguished by regular shape and hairline serifs and heavy downstrokes
old style, old style font
a typeface (based on an 18th century design) distinguished by irregularity and slanted ascender serifs and little contrast between light and heavy strokes
roman, roman letters, roman print, roman type
a typeface used in ancient Roman inscriptions
Type of:
type
printed characters
5

n status in the eyes of others

“he lost face
Type of:
position, status
the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
6

n impudent aggressiveness

Synonyms:
boldness, brass, cheek, nerve
Types:
audaciousness, audacity
aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery
assumption, effrontery, presumption, presumptuousness
audacious (even arrogant) behavior that you have no right to
Type of:
aggressiveness
the quality of being bold and enterprising

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