Essential Meaning of face
1 : the front part of the head that has the eyes, nose, and mouth on it He has a round face. He punched me (right) in the face. See More ExamplesHis face is familiar but I can't remember his name. I'll never forget the look on her face. She slapped him in the face. = She slapped his face. He fell flat on his face. a bearded/freckled/tanned face a fresh/youthful face face cream face powder Her face lit up [=she looked pleased and happy] when she saw him. Her face fell [=she looked unhappy] when I told her the bad news. I don't know how he can show his face around here. [=how he can stand being seen here] Why the long face? [=why do you look so unhappy?] He was wearing a silly grin/smile on his face. [=he was grinning/smiling in a silly way] She angrily told him to wipe that smile off his face. [=to stop smiling] Her guilt was written all over her face. [=the expression on her face showed her guilt very clearly] The answer to the problem was staring me in the face all along. [=the answer was obvious but I did not see it]
2 : a facial expression a happy/sad face a friendly/smiling face See More ExamplesShe tried to put on a brave face [=she tried to appear brave or calm] despite the pain of the injury. It was hard to keep a straight face. [=it was hard not to laugh] You should have seen his face when we shouted "Surprise!" [=he had a shocked, surprised, etc., look on his face]
3 : person I didn't recognize any of the faces around the table. There are lots of new faces around the office. It's good to see a familiar face. [=a person that I know]
Full Definition of face
(Entry 1 of 2)
1a : the front part of the head that in humans extends from the forehead to the chin and includes the mouth, nose, cheeks, and eyes
b : the face as a means of identification : countenance would know that face anywhere
3a : facial expression a friendly face
b : a facial expression of distaste or displeasure he made a face when he saw the test results
c : makeup sense 3a(1) —usually used in the phrase put one's face on … I have never been the kind of woman who feels comfortable popping to the shops without putting my face on first.— Vicki Michelle
4a(1) : outward appearance put a good face on it
(2) : the aspect of something that is perceptible or obvious upon superficial examination the theory is absurd on its face— Kim Neely
5 : surface:
a(1) : a front, upper, or outer surface vanished from the face of the earth
(2) : the front of something having two or four sides the face of a clock
(3) : facade the face of a building
(4) : an exposed surface of rock
(5) : any of the plane surfaces that bound a geometric solid A cube is a solid with six square faces.
b : a surface specially prepared: such as
(1) : the principal finished surface (as of a tool or implement) The tendency of the belt is to slip over the face of the pulley in a counter clockwise direction.— H. W. Harkness Cans are made from … thin sheets of steel lightly coated with tin. This tin coating serves two purposes: it covers the face of the steel sheet, preserving it from rust; and it acts as a medium by which parts of a sheet may be made to adhere to one another by soldering.— B. S. Luh et al.
(2) : the right side (as of cloth or leather)
(3) : an inscribed, printed, or marked side the two faces of a coin
c : a striking surface (as of a tool) the face of the golf club the face of an anvil
d(1) : the surface (as of type) that receives the ink and transfers it to the paper
(2) : a style of type
6 : the end or wall of a mine tunnel, drift, or excavation at which work is progressing
7 : face value
in one's facein the face of or less commonly in face of to one's face
: directly and aggressively in one's presence dunked the ball in his face —often used with get to describe aggressively confrontational speech or behavior his boss got in his face about being late
: in one's presence or so that one is fully aware of what is going on If you have something to say about me, say it to my face.
Definition of face (Entry 2 of 2)
1 : to confront impudently faced him with evidence of treachery
2a : to line near the edge especially with a different material
b : to cover the front or surface of faced the building with marble
3 : to meet face-to-face or in competition The team will face a tough opponent in its next game.
4a : to stand or sit with the face toward The teacher faced the class.
b : to have the front oriented toward a house facing the park
5a : to recognize and deal with straightforwardly face the facts
b : to master by confronting with determination —used with down faced down his critics
6a : to have as a prospect : be confronted by face a grim future
b : to be a prospect or a source of concern for the problems that face us
c : to bring face-to-face he was faced with ruin
7 : to make the surface of (something, such as a stone) flat or smooth
8 : to cause (troops) to face in a particular direction on command The captain faced his company to the left.
1 : to have the face or front turned in a specified direction The house faced south.
2 : to turn the face in a specified direction She faced to her left.
face the music
: to meet an unpleasant situation, a danger, or the consequences of one's actions
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