fac·​ing | \ ˈfā-siŋ How to pronounce facing (audio) \

Definition of facing

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a lining at the edge especially of a garment
b facings plural : the collar, cuffs, and trimmings of a uniform coat
2 : an ornamental or protective layer
3 : material for facing



Definition of facing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : located directly across from something : opposite an illustration on the facing page
2 : having the front oriented toward a specified direction or location usually used in combination the east-facing windowsTo maintain themselves above water, the islands must conserve their limited sand supply by moving sand to their lagoon-facing side as their seaward side is eroded by waves.— Wade Graham

Examples of facing in a Sentence

Noun a house with brick facing a suit with red facings at the collar and the cuffs
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two nights after the facing Toronto, the Blazers opened the second quarter against the Utah Jazz by missing five straight shots and committing six turnovers. Mike Richman, OregonLive.com, "Is Jusuf Nurkic finding his rhythm?: My Friend Chuck, Trail Blazers podcast," 4 Nov. 2017 The new facing will have varying heights up to 35 feet, Rosen said. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Here’s what the owners are doing to the Northgate Shopping Center on State Street," 31 Oct. 2017 Why Less Mortar Is More Hansen purchased mosaic tiles held together by a peel-away paper facing. Rob Wherry, ELLE Decor, "Reality Shows," 5 July 2012 At the Miami Marlins’ stadium in Little Havana, Irma’s winds peeled the facing off a portion of the retractable sliding roof. Andres Viglucci, Carli Teproff And Daniel Chang, miamiherald, "Irma could have been a lot worse for South Florida, but it’s still not a pretty picture," 11 Sep. 2017 Water weakens regular drywall, and the paper facing provides food for mold, Reichel said. Aaron Steckelberg, Washington Post, "How water damages a flooded house — and which parts can be saved," 1 Sep. 2017 Moore sent a towering drive that peaked at 119 feet before smacking off the facing of the second deck in left. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins' bullpen lets late lead slip as Braves rally to win in the 10th," 17 June 2017 Correa, who had three hits and three RBIs, got the Astros going in the first inning with a shot that slammed off the facing of the second deck in left field. Ap, USA TODAY, "Astros pound Twins for 17 runs, win 7th straight," 31 May 2017 In other words, the aluminum facings fall off, leaving the flammable plastic core exposed. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Cheap Building Materials May Have Made the London Tower Blaze Even Worse," 16 June 2017

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First Known Use of facing


1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1785, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for facing


from gerund of face entry 2


from present participle of face entry 2

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“Facing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facing. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of facing

: a layer of material that is placed on the surface or front of something to improve its appearance


fac·​ing | \ ˈfā-siŋ How to pronounce facing (audio) \

Medical Definition of facing

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

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