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 Place face down on a griddle or on the grill grates over direct medium heat. Lynda Balslev, The Mercury News, 3 June 2024 With its control of the interior ministry and the military, the party will likely be able to face down those protests, but its legitimacy will continue to crumble. Nate Schenkkan, Foreign Affairs, 21 June 2019 Images of Gaytán’s body lying face down on the street with blood flowing from her head were soon online. Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, 29 May 2024 In 1998, an Australian man’s bullet-ridden body was found face down on a Virginia Key beach. Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, 28 May 2024 The day of his death, Perry was found unresponsive and floating face down in the hot tub at his Los Angeles home and was given an initial screening by law enforcement. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2024 Detroit police found her lying face down on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head, according to Worthy. Andrea May Sahouri, Detroit Free Press, 10 May 2024 In addition to cutting into the safes, the burglars positioned the ATMs in the club face down, the department said. Jonathan Limehouse, USA TODAY, 8 May 2024 He was laid face down on the ground, released from his restraints and stripped of his jail uniform. Nichole Manna, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7 May 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 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


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