Meaning of FACING in English

I. ˈfāsiŋ noun

( -s )

Etymology: from gerund of face (II)

1. : the act of one that faces

his brave facing of the enemy

also : an instance of such act


a. : a plain or decorative lining applied to an edge of a textile article (as a garment or drapery) and turned either to the inside (as for hems or slashes) or to the outside (as for revers or cuffs)

b. facings plural : the collar, cuffs, and trimmings of some military or other uniform coats commonly of a color different from that of the coat and often prescribed for a particular group (as an arm of the service, a regiment, or a hotel staff)


a. : a covering in front usually for ornament or protective purposes : an exterior covering or sheathing

a facing of stone blocks on an earthen dam

had to replace the clutch facing on his car

b. : a front of porcelain or plastic used in dental crowns and bridgework to face the metal replacement and simulate the natural tooth

4. : material used or suitable for facing

you will need 12 yards of ribbon facing for the ruffles

5. : a powdered substance (as graphite) applied to the face of a mold or mixed with the sand that forms the mold to give a smooth surface to the casting

6. : a turning of men in formation to face in a given direction usually at command

II. adjective

Etymology: from present participle of face (II)

1. : used for or suitable for use in facing

a strong facing sateen

2. : arranged or placed opposite one another

the facing ornaments on the mantel

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.