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face

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English

Etymology

From Middle English face, from Old French face, from Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin faciēs (form, appearance), from facere (to make, do). Displaced native Middle English onlete (face, countenance, appearance), anleth (face), from Old English anwlite, andwlita, compare German Antlitz; Old English ansīen (face), Middle English neb (face, nose) (from Old English nebb), Middle English ler, leor, leer (face, cheek, countenance) (from Old English hlēor), and non-native Middle English vis (face, appearance, look) (from Old French vis).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: fās, IPA(key): /feɪs/
  • Hyphenation: face
  • Rhymes: -eɪs

Noun

face (plural faces)

  1. (anatomy) The front part of the head, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth and the surrounding area.
  2. One's facial expression.
  3. The public image; outward appearance.
  4. The frontal aspect of something.
  5. (figuratively) Presence; sight; front.
    • The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
  6. The directed force of something.
  7. Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. (See lose face, save face).
  8. Shameless confidence; boldness; effrontery.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Tillotson
      This is the man that has the face to charge others with false citations.
  9. The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end to end.
  10. (geometry) Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron. More generally, any of the bounding pieces of a polytope of any dimension.
  11. Any surface; especially a front or outer one.
    • Bible, Genesis ii.6:
      A mist [] watered the whole face of the ground.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Lord Byron
      Lake Leman woos me with its crystal face.
  12. The numbered dial of a clock or watch, the clock face.
  13. (slang) The mouth.
  14. (slang) Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.
  15. (slang, professional wrestling) Short for baby face. A headlining wrestler whose in-ring persona is embodying heroic or virtuous traits.
  16. (cricket) The front surface of a bat.
  17. (golf) The part of a golf club that hits the ball.
  18. (card games) The side of the card that shows its value (as opposed to the back side, which looks the same on all cards of the deck).
  19. (heraldry) The head of a lion, shown face-on and cut off immediately behind the ears.
  20. (typography) A typeface.
  21. Mode of regard, whether favourable or unfavourable; favour or anger.
    • Bible, Numbers vi.25:
      The Lord make his face to shine upon thee.
    • Bible, Ezekiel vii.22:
      My face [favour] will I turn also from them.
  22. (computing) An interface.
    • 2003 May 14, Bart Leeten, Kris Meukens, JSR127 JavaServer Faces, VERSIE, p.1/6:
      For clarity reasons and to stress that JavaServer Faces is not only about ‘visual’ user interfaces, we propose to use the term ‘face’, to express what for visual interfaces is typically named a ‘screen’.
  23. The amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, etc., without any interest or discount; face value.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of McElrath to this entry?)

Synonyms

  • (part of head): countenance, visage, phiz (obsolete), phizog (obsolete), see also Thesaurus:countenance
  • (facial expression): countenance, expression, facial expression, look, visage, see also Thesaurus:facial expression
  • (the front or outer surface): foreside
  • (public image): image, public image, reputation
  • (of a polyhedron): facet (different specialised meaning in mathematical use), surface (not in mathematical use)
  • (slang: mouth): cakehole, gob, mush, piehole, trap, see also Thesaurus:mouth
  • (slang: wrestling): good guy, hero

Antonyms

  • (baby face): heel

Hyponyms

Derived terms

Related terms

Descendants

  • Danish: fjæs
  • Norwegian: fjes
  • Swedish: fjäs

Translations

Verb

face (third-person singular simple present faces, present participle facing, simple past and past participle faced)

  1. (transitive, of a person or animal) To position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).
    • Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
  2. (transitive, of an object) To have its front closest to, or in the direction of (something else).
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      He gained also with his forces that part of Britain which faces Ireland.
  3. (transitive) To cause (something) to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.
    • 1963, Ian Fleming, On Her Majesty's Secret Service
      The croupier delicately faced her other two cards with the tip of his spatula. A four! She had lost!
  4. (transitive) To deal with (a difficult situation or person); to accept (facts, reality, etc.) even when undesirable.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Dryden
      I'll face / This tempest, and deserve the name of king.
  5. (intransitive) To have the front in a certain direction.
  6. (transitive) To have as an opponent.
  7. (intransitive, cricket) To be the batsman on strike.
  8. (obsolete) To confront impudently; to bully.
    • ca. 1590–92, William Shakespeare The Taming of the Shrew, Act IvVsc. 3 (first use in sense of "presenting one's face to", second use in sense of "confront"):
      Face not me. Thou hast braved many men; brave
      not me. I will neither be faced nor braved.
  9. To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon.
  10. To line near the edge, especially with a different material.
  11. To cover with better, or better appearing, material than the mass consists of, for purpose of deception, as the surface of a box of tea, a barrel of sugar, etc.
  12. (engineering) To make the surface of (anything) flat or smooth; to dress the face of (a stone, a casting, etc.); especially, in turning, to shape or smooth the flat surface of, as distinguished from the cylindrical surface.

Synonyms

  • (position oneself/itself towards):
  • (have its front closest to):
  • (deal with): confront, deal with

Hyponyms

  • lose face
  • save face
  • suck face

Derived terms

  • in-your-face

Related terms

Translations

See also

  • Face on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Face (geometry) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Face (hieroglyph) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Face (mining) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Face (sociological concept) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Further reading

  • MathWorld article on geometrical faces
  • Faces in programming
  • JavaServer Faces
  • face on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons

References

  • face on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • CAFE, cafe, café

French

Etymology

From Middle French and Old French face, from Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin faciēs (face, shape).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /fas/
  • Homophones: faces, fasce, fasse, fassent, fasses
  • Rhymes: -as

Noun

face f (plural faces)

  1. face (anatomy)
  2. surface, side
  3. face (geometry)
  4. head (of a coin)

Derived terms

  • face à
  • en face de
  • faire face à
  • pile ou face

See also

  • aspect
  • figure
  • surface
  • tête
  • visage

Further reading

  • “face” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • café

Friulian

Etymology

From Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin faciēs (face, shape).

Noun

face f (plural facis)

  1. face

Interlingua

Verb

face

  1. present of facer
  2. imperative of facer

Italian

Verb

face

  1. (archaic) third-person singular indicative present of fare.

Latin

Noun

face

  1. ablative singular of fax

Verb

face

  1. second-person singular present imperative active of faciō

Middle English

Etymology

Borrowed from Old French face, from Vulgar Latin *facia, from Classical Latin faciēs.

Noun

face (plural faces)

  1. (anatomy) face
    • 14th C., Chaucer, General Prologue
      Boold was hir face, and fair, and reed of hewe.
      Bold was her face, and fair, and red of hue.

Synonyms

  • visage

Descendants

  • English: face
    • Danish: fjæs
    • Norwegian: fjes
    • Swedish: fjäs
  • Scots: face

Old French

Etymology

From Vulgar Latin *facia, from Latin faciēs (face, shape).

Noun

face f (oblique plural faces, nominative singular face, nominative plural faces)

  1. (anatomy) face
    • c. 1170, Chrétien de Troyes, Érec et Énide:
      Le chief li desarme et la face.
      He exposed his head and his face.

Synonyms

  • vis (more common)
  • visage
  • volt

Descendants

  • Middle French: face
    • French: face
  • Norman: fache, fach
  • → Middle English: face
    • English: face
      • Danish: fjæs
      • Norwegian: fjes
      • Swedish: fjäs
    • Scots: face

Portuguese

Etymology

From Old Portuguese façe, faz, from Latin faciēs.

Pronunciation

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ˈfa.sɨ/
  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈfa.si/
  • Hyphenation: fa‧ce

Noun

face f (plural faces)

  1. (anatomy, geometry) face
    Synonyms: cara, rosto
  2. (anatomy) the cheek
    Synonym: bochecha

References

  • “façe” in Dicionario de dicionarios do galego medieval.

Romanian

Etymology

From Latin facere, present active infinitive of faciō, from Proto-Italic *fakiō, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁- (to put, place, set). The verb's original past participle was fapt, from factum, but was changed and replaced several centuries ago. An alternative third-person simple perfect, fece, from fecit, was also found in some dialects.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈfatʃe]

Verb

a face (third-person singular present face, past participle făcut3rd conj.

  1. (transitive) do, make
  2. (reflexive) to be made, to be done

Conjugation

Derived terms

  • afacere
  • facere
  • făcător

Related terms

  • desface
  • fapt

See also

  • înfăptui
  • face dragoste

References

  • face in DEX online - Dicționare ale limbii române (Dictionaries of the Romanian language)

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • (Castilian) IPA(key): /ˈfaθe/
  • (Latin America) IPA(key): /ˈfase/

Verb

face

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of facer.
  2. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of facer.
  3. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of facer.

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