face down

adjective or adverb

variants or less commonly face-down or facedown
: with the face down
He was face down on the bed. = He was lying face down on the bed.
Two cards are dealt face down to each player, then the first round of bets is made.Thomas L. Clark
… she walked past us to the lab area, placed the paper face down on the table and looked back at us.David Kwiatkowski
… stood up so fast he knocked his plate of waffles facedown onto the floor.Ingrid Law
usually hyphenated before a noun
… an alternate paper path has been added to turn out face-down copies in proper order, so they don't have to be collated manually.William J. Lynott

Examples of face down in a Sentence

The cards were dealt facedown. He fell facedown in the sand.
Recent Examples on the Web The baby was found lying face down in the grass, crying outside a hotel in Westlake, Ohio, the city’s police department says. Liam Quinn, Peoplemag, 4 July 2024 Jewish Cemeteries of Greater Cincinnati is struggling to contact the families of those whose gravestones were damaged, as many of the gravestones are sitting face down with the names out of sight, according to the press release. Killian Baarlaer, The Enquirer, 1 July 2024 The Byers family and Eleven are off in California, Hopper is still (somehow) in a Russian prison, and the remaining crew are home in Hawkins, Indiana, about to face down a terrifying new threat—high school. Matt Kamen, WIRED, 22 June 2024 In one case, one man accused of assault had been hog-tied in the back of a police car and put face down. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, 14 June 2024 In 2018, Esther Laskin looked at the debris in her Hamden yard – the cracked toilet, pieces of twisted metal from a shower door, the ceramic owl face down in the mud. Matthew Ormseth, Hartford Courant, 25 June 2024 Firefighters this month found a man lying face down, dead in the park’s lake. Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2024 One study from Drive Research found that while most shoppers spent an average of $174 per grocery trip in 2024, the number greatly fluctuates depending on the number of mouths to feed: a single person can expect to pay around $131 per trip, while a family of five might face down a bill of $262. Simmone Shah, TIME, 18 June 2024 Then, women and men showed up to face down the trolls in micro moments of solidarity. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, 6 June 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1818, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of face down was in 1818

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Cite this Entry

“Face down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/face%20down. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


face·​down ˈfās-ˈdau̇n How to pronounce facedown (audio)
: with the face down
floated facedown
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