The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Face \Face\ (f[=a]s), n. [F., from L. facies form, shape, face,
perh. from facere to make (see Fact); or perh. orig.
meaning appearance, and from a root meaning to shine, and
akin to E. fancy. Cf. Facetious.]
1. The exterior form or appearance of anything; that part
which presents itself to the view; especially, the front
or upper part or surface; that which particularly offers
itself to the view of a spectator.
A mist . . . watered the whole face of the ground.
--Gen. ii. 6.
Lake Leman wooes me with its crystal face. --Byron.
2. That part of a body, having several sides, which may be
seen from one point, or which is presented toward a
certain direction; one of the bounding planes of a solid;
as, a cube has six faces.
(a) The principal dressed surface of a plate, disk, or
pulley; the principal flat surface of a part or
(b) That part of the acting surface of a cog in a cog
wheel, which projects beyond the pitch line.
(c) The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end
to end; as, a pulley or cog wheel of ten inches face.
(a) The upper surface, or the character upon the surface,
of a type, plate, etc.
(b) The style or cut of a type or font of type.
5. Outside appearance; surface show; look; external aspect,
whether natural, assumed, or acquired.
To set a face upon their own malignant design.
This would produce a new face of things in Europe.
We wear a face of joy, because
We have been glad of yore. --Wordsworth.
6. That part of the head, esp. of man, in which the eyes,
cheeks, nose, and mouth are situated; visage; countenance.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.
7. Cast of features; expression of countenance; look; air;
We set the best faceon it we could. --Dryden.
8. (Astrol.) Ten degrees in extent of a sign of the zodiac.
9. Maintenance of the countenance free from abashment or
confusion; confidence; boldness; shamelessness;
This is the man that has the face to charge others
with false citations. --Tillotson.
10. Presence; sight; front; as in the phrases, before the
face of, in the immediate presence of; in the face of,
before, in, or against the front of; as, to fly in the
face of danger; to the face of, directly to; from the
face of, from the presence of.
11. Mode of regard, whether favorable or unfavorable; favor
or anger; mostly in Scriptural phrases.
The Lord make his face to shine upon thee. --Num.
My face [favor] will I turn also from them. --Ezek.
12. (Mining) The end or wall of the tunnel, drift, or
excavation, at which work is progressing or was last
13. (Com.) The exact amount expressed on a bill, note, bond,
or other mercantile paper, without any addition for
interest or reduction for discount; most commonly called
face value. --McElrath.
Note: Face is used either adjectively or as part of a
compound; as, face guard or face-guard; face cloth;
face plan or face-plan; face hammer.
Face ague (Med.), a form of neuralgia, characterized by
acute lancinating pains returning at intervals, and by
twinges in certain parts of the face, producing convulsive
twitches in the corresponding muscles; -- called also tic
Face card, one of a pack of playing cards on which a human
face is represented; the king, queen, or jack.
Face cloth, a cloth laid over the face of a corpse.
Face guard, a mask with windows for the eyes, worn by
workman exposed to great heat, or to flying particles of
metal, stone, etc., as in glass works, foundries, etc.
Face hammer, a hammer having a flat face.
Face joint (Arch.), a joint in the face of a wall or other
Face mite (Zool.), a small, elongated mite (Demdex
folliculorum), parasitic in the hair follicles of the
Face mold, the templet or pattern by which carpenters,
etc., outline the forms which are to be cut out from
boards, sheet metal, etc.
(a) (Turning) A plate attached to the spindle of a lathe,
to which the work to be turned may be attached.
(b) A covering plate for an object, to receive wear or
(c) A true plane for testing a dressed surface. --Knight.
Face wheel. (Mach.)
(a) A crown wheel.
(b) A wheel whose disk face is adapted for grinding and
polishing; a lap.
face value the value written on a financial instrument;
same as face. Also used metaphorically, to mean
apparent value; as, to take his statemnet at its face
Cylinder face (Steam Engine), the flat part of a steam
cylinder on which a slide valve moves.
Face of an anvil, its flat upper surface.
Face of a bastion (Fort.), the part between the salient and
the shoulder angle.
Face of coal (Mining), the principal cleavage plane, at
right angles to the stratification.
Face of a gun, the surface of metal at the muzzle.
Face of a place (Fort.), the front comprehended between the
flanked angles of two neighboring bastions. --Wilhelm.
Face of a square (Mil.), one of the sides of a battalion
when formed in a square.
Face of a watch, clock, compass, card etc., the dial or
graduated surface on which a pointer indicates the time of
day, point of the compass, etc.
Face to face.
(a) In the presence of each other; as, to bring the
accuser and the accused face to face.
(b) Without the interposition of any body or substance.
"Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to
face." 1 --Cor. xiii. 12.
(c) With the faces or finished surfaces turned inward or
toward one another; vis [`a] vis; -- opposed to back
To fly in the face of, to defy; to brave; to withstand.
To make a face, to distort the countenance; to make a
grimace; -- often expressing dislike, annoyance, or
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Face \Face\ (f[=a]s), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Faced; p. pr. & vb.
1. To meet in front; to oppose with firmness; to resist, or
to meet for the purpose of stopping or opposing; to
confront; to encounter; as, to face an enemy in the field
This tempest, and deserve the name of king.
2. To Confront impudently; to bully.
I will neither be facednor braved. --Shak.
3. To stand opposite to; to stand with the face or front
toward; to front upon; as, the apartments of the general
faced the park; some of the seats on the train faced
He gained also with his forces that part of Britain
which faces Ireland. --Milton.
4. To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put
a facing upon; as, a building faced with marble.
5. To line near the edge, esp. with a different material; as,
to face the front of a coat, or the bottom of a dress.
6. 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.
7. (Mach.) To make the surface of (anything) flat or smooth;
to dress the face of (a stone, a casting, etc.); esp., in
turning, to shape or smooth the flat surface of, as
distinguished from the cylindrical surface.
8. To cause to turn or present a face or front, as in a
To face down, to put down by bold or impudent opposition.
"He faced men down." --Prior.
To face (a thing) out, to persist boldly or impudently in
an assertion or in a line of conduct. "That thinks with
oaths to face the matter out." --Shak.
to face the music to admit error and accept reprimand or
punishment as a consequence for having failed or having
done something wrong; to willingly experience an
unpleasant situation out of a sense of duty or obligation;
as, as soon as he broke the window with the football,
Billy knew he would have to face the music.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Face \Face\, v. i.
1. To carry a false appearance; to play the hypocrite. "To
lie, to face, to forge." --Spenser.
2. To turn the face; as, to face to the right or left.
Face about, man; a soldier, and afraid! --Dryden.
3. To present a face or front.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
535 Moby Thesaurus words for "face":
Communist threat, Western imperialism, accept, account,
acknowledge, acting, admit, affectation, affront, air, allow,
anteriority, anticipate, apparently, appear, appearance,
apply paint, approach, arrive, arrogance, ascender, aspect,
atrocity story, attitudinizing, audacity, await, back, balls,
banner, banter, bastard type, battle hymn, be imminent,
be in store, be seen, beard, bearing, bedaub, bedizen, begild,
bell the cat, belly, besmear, bevel, bid defiance, bite the bullet,
black letter, bloody shirt, bluff, bluffing, board, boastfulness,
body, bold front, boldness, border, brashness, brass, brave,
brave face, brave front, brazen, brazen out, brazenly, breast,
brew, brick, bring before, bring forward, bring up, brow, browbeat,
brush on paint, bump heads, calcimine, call out, camouflage,
candidly, cap, capital, carriage, case, cast, cast of countenance,
ceil, challenge, cheating, cheek, chutzpah, circumference, clad,
clapboard, cliff, cloak, clock, close, coat, color, coloring,
colors, come on, come up against, complexion, conceit, confess,
confront, confront with, confronting, contemplate, contend,
contrapose, contraposit, contrast, conversion factor, cope with,
cortex, countenance, counter, counteract, cover, covering, cow,
crag, crostarie, crust, dab, dare, daring, daub, deal with,
deception, deep-dye, defy, delusion, demeanor, descender, despite,
dial, dignity, dip, directly, disguise, display, dissemblance,
dissembling, dissimulation, distemper, double-dare, double-dye,
draw near, draw nigh, draw on, dread, dress, dye, effrontery, em,
emblazon, en, enamel, encounter, engild, envelope, envisage,
epidermis, escarpment, evidently, expansionism, expect, experience,
expression, exterior, external, eyeball to eyeball, facade,
face down, face out, face the music, face to face, face up,
face up to, face upon, face value, face with, facet, facia,
facial appearance, facies, facing, fakery, faking, false,
false air, false front, false show, falsity, fast-dye,
fat-faced type, favor, feather, feature, features, feet, feigning,
feint, fiery cross, fight, fill, finish, font, fore, forefront,
foreground, forehand, foreland, forepart, forequarter, foresee,
foreside, foreword, forthcome, four-flushing, frankly, fraud,
fresco, fringe, front, front elevation, front man, front matter,
front on, front page, front view, frontage, frontal, frontier,
frontispiece, fur, gall, garb, gather, gaze, gild, gilt, give upon,
glare, glass, glaze, gloss, gonfalon, grain, grimace, groove,
guise, guts, gutsiness, hang over, haughtiness, have in mind, head,
heading, high place, honor, hope, hover, hue, humbug, humbuggery,
illuminate, image, imbue, impend, imperialist threat, impertinence,
imposture, impudence, in defiance of, in opposition to,
in spite of, independence, ingrain, inlay, integument, interline,
intimidate, italic, japan, kisser, kudos, lacquer, lap, lath,
lay before, lay on color, letter, lie opposite, lie over, ligature,
line, lineaments, lines, load, logotype, look, look for,
look out upon, look over, look toward, looks, loom, lower,
lower case, majuscule, make a face, manifest destiny, map,
market value, martial music, mask, masquerade, match, meet,
meet boldly, meet head-on, meet squarely, meet with, menace,
meretriciousness, mien, minuscule, mug, mush, muzzle, name,
national anthem, near, nerve, net worth, nick, notwithstanding,
obverse, openly, oppose, opposite, ostentation, outdare,
outer face, outer layer, outer side, outer skin, outface, outline,
outside, outward show, overawe, overhang, overlay, overlook, pack,
pad, paint, palisade, palisades, pan, paper, par value,
pardonable pride, parget, pennyworth, periphery, phiz, physiognomy,
pi, pica, pigment, place before, plank, playacting, point,
polarize, port, pose, pose against, posing, position, posture,
precipice, preface, prefix, presence, present to, prestige,
presume, presumption, pretense, pretension, pretext, pride,
pridefulness, prime, print, priority, proscenium, proudness,
purse-pride, puss, put in opposition, put it to, rank, rate,
representation, reputation, repute, resist, revet, right side,
rind, roman, run the gauntlet, sans serif, scar, scarp,
scream defiance, script, seeming, seemingly, self-confidence,
self-consequence, self-determination, self-esteem, self-reliance,
self-respect, self-sufficiency, semblance, set at defiance,
set before, set over against, shade, shadow, shake, sham, shank,
sheathe, shell, shellac, shingle, shoulder, show, show fight,
show up, showing, simulacrum, simulation, skin, slate,
slop on paint, small cap, small capital, smear, speak out,
speak up, speciousness, stain, stamp, stance, stand opposed,
stand opposite, stand up to, standing, stare, stare down, station,
stature, status, steep, stem, stiff-necked pride, stiff-neckedness,
stipple, stone, stuff, subdue, subtend, superficially, superficies,
superstratum, surface, take, take for granted, tete-a-tete, thatch,
think, threaten, tile, tinct, tincture, tinge, tint, tone, top,
traits, turn, turn up, type, type body, type class, type lice,
typecase, typeface, typefounders, typefoundry, undercoat,
upper case, value, value received, vanity, varnish, veneer,
venture, vis-a-vis, visage, wad, wainscot, wall, wall in, wall up,
wallpaper, war song, wash, watch, weatherboard, window dressing,
withstand, worth, yellow peril
V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (September 2014):
Framed Access Command Environment (Unix, SVR4)
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
means simply presence, as when it is recorded that Adam and Eve
hid themselves from the "face [R.V., 'presence'] of the Lord
God" (Gen. 3:8; comp. Ex. 33:14, 15, where the same Hebrew word
is rendered "presence"). The "light of God's countenance" is his
favour (Ps. 44:3; Dan. 9:17). "Face" signifies also anger,
justice, severity (Gen. 16:6, 8; Ex. 2:15; Ps. 68:1; Rev. 6:16).
To "provoke God to his face" (Isa. 65:3) is to sin against him
The Jews prayed with their faces toward the temple and
Jerusalem (1 Kings 8:38, 44, 48; Dan. 6:10). To "see God's face"
is to have access to him and to enjoy his favour (Ps. 17:15;
27:8). This is the privilege of holy angels (Matt. 18:10; Luke
1:19). The "face of Jesus Christ" (2 Cor. 4:6) is the office and
person of Christ, the revealer of the glory of God (John 1:14,