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face  (fs)
a. The surface of the front of the head from the top of the forehead to the base of the chin and from ear to ear.
b. A person: We saw many new faces on the first day of classes.
2. A persons countenance: a happy face.
3. A contorted facial expression; a grimace: made a face at the prospect of eating lemons.
4. Facial cosmetics: put ones face on.
5. Outward appearance: the modern face of the city.
a. Value or standing in the eyes of others; prestige: lose face.
b. Self-assurance; confidence: The team managed to maintain a firm face even in times of great adversity.
7. Effrontery; impudence: had the face to question my judgment.
8. The most significant or prominent surface of an object, especially:
a. The surface presented to view; the front.
b. A fa?ade.
c. Outer surface: the face of the earth.
d. A marked side: the face of a clock; the face of a playing card.
e. The right side, as of fabric.
f. An exposed, often precipitous surface of rock.
9. A planar surface of a geometric solid.
10. Any of the surfaces of a rock or crystal.
11. The end, as of a mine or tunnel, at which work is advancing.
12. The appearance and geologic surface features of an area of land; topography.
13. Printing
a. A typeface or range of typefaces.
b. The raised printing surface of a piece of type.
v. faced, fac·ing, fac·es
1. To occupy a position with the face toward: stood and faced the audience.
2. To front on: a window that faces the south.
a. To confront with complete awareness: had to face the facts.
b. To overcome by confronting boldly or bravely: What this generation must do is face its problems (John F. Kennedy).
c. To confront with impudence. See Synonyms at defy.
a. To be certain to encounter; have in store: An unskilled youth faces a difficult life.
b. To bring or to be brought face to face with: The prospect of military conflict . . . faced us with nightmarish choices (Henry A. Kissinger).
5. To cause (troops) to change direction by giving a command.
6. Games To turn (a playing card) so that the face is up.
7. To furnish with a surface or cover of a different material: bronze that is faced with gold foil.
8. To line or trim the edge of, especially with contrasting material: face a hem with lace.
9. To treat the surface of so as to smooth.
1. To be turned or placed with the front toward a specified direction.
2. To turn the face in a specified direction.
Phrasal Verbs:
face down
To attain mastery over or overcome by confronting in a resolute, determined manner: face down an opponent in a debate; faced the enemy down.
face off Sports
To start play in ice hockey, lacrosse, and other games by releasing the puck or ball between two opposing players.
face up
To confront an unpleasant situation with resolution and assurance: had to face up or get out; finally faced up to the problem.
face the music
To accept the unpleasant consequences, especially of ones own actions.
in the face/teeth of
In opposition to or defiance of.
on the face of it
From appearances alone; apparently: On the face of it, the problem seems minor.
show (ones) face
To make an appearance: Dont show your face on my property again.
to (ones) face
In the view or hearing of: insulted me to my face.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin facis; see dh- in Indo-European roots.]

facea·ble adj.

face [feɪs]
a.  the front of the head from the forehead to the lower jaw; visage
b.  (as modifier) face flannel face cream
a.  the expression of the countenance; look a sad face
b.  a distorted expression, esp to indicate disgust; grimace she made a face
3. Informal make-up (esp in the phrase put ones face on)
4. outward appearance the face of the countryside is changing
5. appearance or pretence (esp in the phrases put a bold, good, bad, etc., face on)
6. worth in the eyes of others; dignity (esp in the phrases lose or save face)
7. Informal impudence or effrontery
8. the main side of an object, building, etc., or the front the face of a palace a cliff face
9. the marked surface of an instrument, esp the dial of a timepiece
10. the functional or working side of an object, as of a tool or playing card
a.  the exposed area of a mine from which coal, ore, etc., may be mined
b.  (as modifier) face worker
12. the uppermost part or surface the face of the earth
13. Also called side any one of the plane surfaces of a crystal or other solid figure
14. (Individual Sports & Recreations / Mountaineering) Mountaineering a steep side of a mountain, bounded by ridges
15. either of the surfaces of a coin, esp the one that bears the head of a ruler
16. Brit slang a well-known or important person
17. (Communication Arts / Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) Also called typeface Printing
a.  the printing surface of any type character
b.  the style, the design, or sometimes the size of any type fount
c.  the print made from type
18. (Transport / Nautical Terms) Nautical aeronautics the aft or near side of a propeller blade
fly in the face of to act in defiance of
in ones face directly opposite or against one
in (the) face of despite
look (someone) in the face to look directly at a person without fear or shame
on the face of it to all appearances
set ones face against to oppose with determination
show ones face to make an appearance
shut ones face Slang (often imperative) to be silent
to someones face in someones presence; directly and openly I told him the truth to his face
until one is blue in the face Informal to the utmost degree; indefinitely
1. (when intr, often foll by to, towards, or on) to look or be situated or placed (in a specified direction) the house faces on the square
2. to be opposite facing page 9
3. (tr) to meet or be confronted by in his work he faces many problems
4. (tr) to provide with a surface of a different material the cuffs were faced with velvet
5. to dress the surface of (stone or other material)
6. (Group Games / Card Games) (tr) to expose (a card) with the face uppermost
7. (Military) Military chiefly US to order (a formation) to turn in a certain direction or (of a formation) to turn as required right face!
8. (Team Sports / Hockey (Field & Ice)) Ice hockey
a.  (of the referee) to drop (the puck) between two opposing players, as when starting or restarting play See also face-off
b.  to start or restart play in this manner
face the music Informal to confront the consequences of ones actions See also face down, face out, face up to
[from Old French, from Vulgar Latin facia (unattested), from Latin faciēs form, related to facere to make]
faceable  adj

abbreviation for
Fellow of the Australian College of Education

face  (fs)
1. A plane surface of a geometric solid. A cube has 6 faces; a dodecahedron, 12.
2. Any of the surfaces of a rock or crystal.

face  /fes/  n. 1 the front of a beings head: That young woman has a pretty face. 2 the front part of a structure: The face of that building (cliff, mountain, etc.) is gray and flat. 3 on the face of it: on the surface: On the face of it, his offer seems genuine, but does he have the money to pay? 4 to keep a straight face: to hold oneself back from smiling or laughing when s.t. is funny: When he tried to explain why he was late, she couldnt keep a straight face. 5 to lose face: to lose status or the respect of others: When the man went to jail for stealing, he lost face among his family members. 6 to make a face: to express dislike or disapproval by the expression on ones face: My son makes a face when I tell him to eat his vegetables. 7 to save face: to keep ones dignity in an embarrassing situation: Instead of firing him, the company let him quit to save face. 8 to show ones face: to appear somewhere when in difficulty or embarrassment: After failing his exams at college, he didnt dare show his face at home. 9 to s.o.s face: directly to s.o.: She could never tell him to his face that his jokes arent funny.

Thesaurus: face n. 1 features | a visage frml., countenance frml. 2 the fa?ade. v. 1 to be opposite | look out onto | have a view of (buildings) 2 to confront, meet | deal
with. Ant. to avoid.
v. faced, facing, faces 1 [T] to present a front to s.o. or s.t.: I sat in the first row and faced the teacher.||The building that we work in faces a park. 2 [T] to meet with courage: I decided finally to stand up and face my enemy. 3 phrasal v. sep. [T] to face down: to meet an enemy with courage, (syn.) to intimidate: The king faced down his enemies on the battlefield.||He faced them down. 4 to face facts or to face the fact: to understand a bad situation and do s.t. about it: We have to face the fact that the business is losing money. 5 phrasal v. [I] to face off: to get into position prior to a fight or athletic event: The two boxers faced off before the fight started. 6 infrml. to face the music: to step forward and accept punishment: The business is losing so much money that we must face the music and close it. 7 phrasal v. insep. [T] to face up to s.t. or face up to the fact(s): to accept a bad situation and be willing to suffer the consequences: We have to face up to the fact that hes not doing the job and fire him. face

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