Meaning of FACE in English


I. ˈfās noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin * facia, from Latin facies make, form, face, from facere to make, do — more at do

Date: 13th century


a. : the front part of the head that in humans extends from the forehead to the chin and includes the mouth, nose, cheeks, and eyes

b. : the face as a means of identification : countenance

would know that face anywhere

2. archaic : presence , sight


a. : facial expression

a friendly face

b. : a facial expression of distaste or displeasure

he made a face when he saw the test results

c. : makeup 3a(1)



(1) : outward appearance

put a good face on it

(2) : the aspect of something that is perceptible or obvious upon superficial examination

the theory is absurd on its face — Kim Neely

b. : disguise , pretense


(1) : assurance , confidence

maintaining a firm face in spite of adversity

(2) : effrontery

how anyone could have the face to ask that question

d. : dignity , prestige

afraid to lose face

5. : surface:


(1) : a front, upper, or outer surface

(2) : the front of something having two or four sides

(3) : facade

(4) : an exposed surface of rock

(5) : any of the plane surfaces that bound a geometric solid

b. : a surface specially prepared: as

(1) : the principal dressed surface (as of a disk)

(2) : the right side (as of cloth or leather)

(3) : an inscribed, printed, or marked side

c. : a striking surface (as of a tool)

the face of the golf club

the face of an anvil


(1) : the surface (as of type) that receives the ink and transfers it to the paper

(2) : a style of type

6. : the end or wall of a mine tunnel, drift, or excavation at which work is progressing

7. : face value

8. : person

lots of new face s around here

- in one's face

- in the face of

- to one's face

II. verb

( faced ; fac·ing )

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

1. : to confront impudently


a. : to line near the edge especially with a different material

b. : to cover the front or surface of

faced the building with marble

3. : to meet face-to-face or in competition


a. : to stand or sit with the face toward

b. : to have the front oriented toward

a house facing the park


a. : to recognize and deal with straightforwardly

face the facts

b. : to master by confronting with determination — used with down

faced down his critics


a. : to have as a prospect : be confronted by

face a grim future

b. : to be a prospect or a source of concern for

the problems that face us

c. : to bring face-to-face

he was faced with ruin

7. : to make the surface of (as a stone) flat or smooth

8. : to cause (troops) to face in a particular direction on command

intransitive verb

1. : to have the face or front turned in a specified direction

2. : to turn the face in a specified direction

- face the music

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.