(1)   A vertical surface of a building or cliff
(2)   The side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object)
"He dealt the cards face down"
(3)   The striking or working surface of an implement
(4)   The general outward appearance of something
"The face of the city is changing"
(5)   The feelings expressed on a person's face
"A sad expression"
"A look of triumph"
"An angry face"
(6)   Impudent aggressiveness
"I couldn't believe her boldness"
"He had the effrontery to question my honesty"
(7)   Status in the eyes of others
"He lost face"
(8)   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"
(9)   The part of an animal corresponding to the human face
(10)   A specific size and style of type within a type family
(11)   A contorted facial expression
"She made a grimace at the prospect"
(12)   A surface forming part of the outside of an object
"He examined all sides of the crystal"
"Dew dripped from the face of the leaf"
(13)   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"


(14)   Deal with (something unpleasant) head on
"You must confront your problems"
"He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"
(15)   Present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
"We confronted him with the evidence"
"He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions"
"An enormous dilemma faces us"
(16)   Oppose, as in hostility or a competition
"You must confront your opponent"
"Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring"
"The two enemies finally confronted each other"
(17)   Cover the front or surface of
"The building was faced with beautiful stones"
(18)   Line the edge (of a garment) with a different material
"Face the lapels of the jacket"
(19)   Turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction
"Turn and face your partner now"
(20)   Turn so as to expose the face
"Face a playing card"
(21)   Be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
"The house looks north"
"My backyard look onto the pond"
"The building faces the park"
(22)   Be opposite
"The facing page"
"The two sofas face each other"



from from (Modern face), from }, from from facere "to make, do". Replaced native onlete "face, countenance, appearance" (from andwlite, andwlita, cf ansīen "face"), neb "face, nose" (from nebb), ler, leor, leer "face, cheek, countenance" (from hlēor), and non-native vis "face, appearance, look" (from vis).


  1. The front part of the head, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth and the surrounding area.
    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. The directed force of something.
    They turned to boat into the face of the storm.
  6. Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. (See lose face, save face).
  7. Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron.
  8. 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.
  9. The numbered dial of a clock or watch.
  10. The mouth.
    Shut your face!
    He's always stuffing his face with chips.
  11. Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.
    I'll be out in a sec, just let me put on my face.
  12. The good guy; a wrestler embodying heroic or virtuous traits.
    The fans cheered on the face as he made his comeback.
  13. The front surface of a bat.
  14. 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)
  15. A typeface.


countenance, visage, phiz (obsolete), phizog (obsolete) countenance, expression, facial expression, look, visage image, public image, reputation facet (not in mathematical use), surface (not in mathematical use) cakehole, gob, mush, piehole, trap good guy, hero
  • See also Wikisaurus:facial expression


  1. to position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).
    Face the sun.
  2. to have its front closest to (something else).
    Turn the chair so it faces the table.
  3. To deal with (a difficult situation or person).
    I'm going to have to face this sooner or later.
  4. To have the front in a certain direction.
    The bunkers faced north and east, toward Germany.
  5. To be the striking batsman.