The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Facing \Fa"cing\, n.
1. A covering in front, for ornament or other purpose; an
exterior covering or sheathing; as, the facing of an
earthen slope, sea wall, etc., to strengthen it or to
protect or adorn the exposed surface.
2. A lining placed near the edge of a garment for ornament or
3. (Arch.) The finishing of any face of a wall with material
different from that of which it is chiefly composed, or
the coating or material so used.
4. (Founding) A powdered substance, as charcoal, bituminous
coal, etc., applied to the face of a mold, or mixed with
the sand that forms it, to give a fine smooth surface to
(a) pl. The collar and cuffs of a military coat; --
commonly of a color different from that of the coat.
(b) The movement of soldiers by turning on their heels to
the right, left, or about; -- chiefly in the pl.
Facing brick, front or pressed brick.