facial

adjective
fa·​cial | \ ˈfā-shəl How to pronounce facial (audio) \

Definition of facial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the face facial expressions
2 : concerned with or used in improving the appearance of the face

facial

noun

Definition of facial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a treatment to improve the condition or appearance of the facial skin

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Other Words from facial

Adjective

facially \ ˈfā-​shə-​lē How to pronounce facially (audio) \ adverb

Examples of facial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective A few months later, The Times reported that Thiel had helped finance a start-up called Clearview AI, whose facial-recognition app was being used by police departments around the country to charge individuals with crimes. Michael Steinberger, New York Times, "Does Palantir See Too Much?," 21 Oct. 2020 Smitherman also noted language in the contract that prevents use of facial recognition. al, "Birmingham buys police software: opponents warn against facial recognition," 20 Oct. 2020 Some other tech companies capable of building facial-recognition technology have been more restrained in deploying it. Heather Somerville, WSJ, "Facial-Recognition Startup Clearview Moves to Prevent Possible Police Abuse," 20 Oct. 2020 And in artificial intelligence, companies from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to Tencent Holdings Ltd. and upstarts like SenseTime Group Ltd. are taking advantage of unparalleled reserves of data to advance in areas such as facial recognition. Fortune, "China is set to pass law restricting the export of sensitive technology," 16 Oct. 2020 For example, the City of Detroit Law Department has stated that the board does not have the authority to stop facial recognition or Project Green Light, a point of contention among board members, Jones said. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit police commissioner: Chairman Willie Bell 'has got to go'," 8 Oct. 2020 Police said another agency proactively provided its own facial-recognition results after San Francisco police sent out a crime alert bulletin with a photo of a gun suspect. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Activists sue S.F., claiming police tapped surveillance cameras during George Floyd protests," 7 Oct. 2020 Hello facial-recognition provides security for your ultra-sensitive projects. Popular Science, "Ultra-wide computer monitors to enhance your setup," 22 Sep. 2020 And the report points out that local and state-level activism in the United States has resulted in various limits and bans on the use of facial recognition technology. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic," 14 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Finance executive Jill Garvins declared her recent facial with Jaeger to be a mental and medical necessity. Carolyne Zinko, SFChronicle.com, "As San Francisco reopens, facials return with a dash of science-fiction precautions," 28 Oct. 2020 Her oldest daughter, Callie Gallardo, was the only one old enough for hair styling and a facial. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Community group and residents help families prepare for new school year," 6 Sep. 2020 So light your favorite candles, put on your coziest pajamas, and get ready to do a facial without spending a fortune from the comfort of your own bathroom. Megan Deem, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Ultimate 4-Step Facial You Can Do at Home," 4 Sep. 2020 With many of us tightening our budgets or not feeling comfortable going to a spa, treating yourself to a facial may seem like an unattainable luxury right now. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Missing the spa? Here’s how to give yourself a relaxing facial at home," 29 July 2020 Steaming will open your pores and allow all the yummy ingredients in the next step of your facial to sink in while leaving your skin feeling fresh and plumped. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Missing the spa? Here’s how to give yourself a relaxing facial at home," 29 July 2020 Even a facial can do the trick, if done with the right tools. Erin Mayer, Redbook, "5 Dermatologist-Approved Ways to Stop Forehead Wrinkles in Their Tracks," 12 Mar. 2018 Here, guests can spend a morning learning the delicate art of fly fishing before escaping to the spa for a signature facial that will leave their skin looking as beautiful as a Wyoming summer sunset. Tanner Saunders, Travel + Leisure, "This Luxury Dude Ranch Is the Best Resort in the U.S.," 8 July 2020 Walker, who gives herself an at-home facial every Friday at 4 PM on Instagram live, says the key to making your skincare routine less complicated is to keep it simple. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Felicia Walker Shares The Products In Her 3-Step Skin Care Routine," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of facial

Adjective

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1910, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for facial

Adjective

borrowed from Medieval Latin faciālis "face-to-face, direct," from Latin faciēs "appearance, face entry 1" + -ālis -al entry 1

Noun

derivative of facial entry 1

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Time Traveler for facial

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The first known use of facial was in 1746

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30 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Facial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facial. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for facial

facial

adjective
How to pronounce facial (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of facial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a person's face

facial

noun

English Language Learners Definition of facial (Entry 2 of 2)

: a beauty treatment to make a person's face look and feel better

facial

adjective
fa·​cial | \ ˈfā-shəl How to pronounce facial (audio) \

Kids Definition of facial

: of or relating to the face facial hair

facial

adjective
fa·​cial | \ ˈfā-shəl How to pronounce facial (audio) \

Medical Definition of facial

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or affecting the face facial neuralgia
2 : concerned with or used in improving the appearance of the face
3 : relating to or being the buccal and labial surface of a tooth

Other Words from facial

facially \ -​shə-​lē How to pronounce facially (audio) \ adverb

facial

noun

Medical Definition of facial (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a treatment to improve the appearance of the face
2 : a facial part (as a nerve or artery)

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facial

adjective
fa·​cial

Legal Definition of facial

: involving or apparent from the face of something (as a statute) facial discrimination a facial challenge to the law

Other Words from facial

facially adverb

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