• The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end to end.

    "a pulley or cog wheel of ten inches face"

  • The numbered dial of a clock or watch, the clock face.
  • (slang, professional wrestling) Short for babyface. A wrestler whose on-ring persona is embodying heroic or virtuous traits. Contrast with heel.

    "The fans cheered on the face as he made his comeback."

  • (card games) The side of the card that shows its value (as opposed to the backside, which looks the same on all cards of the deck).
  • One's facial expression.

    "Why the sad face?"

  • (computing) An interface.
  • (figuratively) Presence; sight; front.

    "to fly in the face of danger;  to speak before the face of God"

  • Shameless confidence; boldness; effrontery.
  • Any surface; especially a front or outer one.

    "Put a big sign on each face of the building that can be seen from the road.  They climbed the north face of the mountain.  She wanted to wipe him off the face of the earth."

  • (slang) Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.

    "I'll be out in a sec. Just let me put on my face."

  • (golf) The part of a golf club that hits the ball.
  • (anatomy) The front part of the head, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth and the surrounding area.

    "She has a pretty face."

  • Mode of regard, whether favourable or unfavourable; favour or anger.
  • The frontal aspect of something.

    "The face of the cliff loomed above them."

  • Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. (See lose face, save face).
  • (geometry) Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron. More generally, any of the bounding pieces of a polytope of any dimension.
  • (slang) The mouth.

    "Shut your face!  He's always stuffing his face with chips."

  • (cricket) The front surface of a bat.
  • (typography) A typeface.
  • The public image; outward appearance.

    "The face of this company.  He managed to show a bold face despite his embarrassment."

  • The amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, etc., without any interest or discount; face value.
  • The directed force of something.

    "They turned to boat into the face of the storm."


  • (transitive) To cause (something) to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.
  • (transitive) To have as an opponent.
  • To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon.

    "a building faced with marble"

  • (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.
  • (transitive, of an object) To have its front closest to, or in the direction of (something else).

    "Turn the chair so it faces the table."

  • (intransitive) To have the front in a certain direction.

    "The bunkers faced north and east, toward Germany."

  • (obsolete) To confront impudently; to bully.
  • 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.
  • (transitive, of a person or animal) To position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).

    "Face the sun."

  • (transitive) To deal with (a difficult situation or person).

    "I'm going to have to face this sooner or later."

  • (intransitive, cricket) To be the batsman on strike.
  • To line near the edge, especially with a different material.

    "to face the front of a coat, or the bottom of a dress"

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