- the working surface of a type, of a plate, etc.
- Also called type·face [tahyp-feys], /ˈtaɪpˌfeɪs/, type·style [tahyp-stahyl] /ˈtaɪpˌstaɪl/ . any design of type, including a full range of characters, as letters, numbers, and marks of punctuation, in all sizes: Garamond is one of the most popular faces.
- Also called type·face, type·style . the general style or appearance of type: broad or narrow face.
- to confront, fight, or compete against each other as opponents: The presidential nominees will face off at the debates tomorrow night.
- Ice Hockey. to start a game or period with a face-off.
Idioms about face
- facing or opposite one another: We sat face to face at the table.
- in an open, personal meeting or confrontation: The leaders spoke face to face about a reduction in nuclear arms.
- Southern U.S. go away!; leave.
- Slang. to stop bothering or annoying someone.
- in a confrontational way that shows annoyance or contempt: When I asked for money, he just laughed in my face.
- Informal. confrontational toward someone, as by criticizing or annoying persistently: My dad got in my face about my bad grades.
- in spite of; notwithstanding: She persevered in the face of many obstacles.
- when confronted with: They were steadfast in the face of disaster.
Origin of face
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Words nearby face
What is a basic definition of face?
Face refers to the front of the head, from the top of the forehead to the bottom of the chin. Face also refers to an expression that someone makes using their face. Face is also used as a verb to mean to confront something directly. Face has a large number of other senses as a noun and a verb.
Your face consists of your forehead, eyebrows, eyes, eyelashes, nose, cheeks, mouth, lips, chin, and any facial hair, freckles, or other marks on the front of your head. Your ears may or may not be considered part of your face.
The word face usually refers to a human head, but it’s also used to describe the front of the head of animals that have features similar to a human face, such as cats and apes.
- Real-life examples: You have a face. Halloween masks often resemble ugly or scary faces. Clowns like to throw pies at people’s faces.
- Used in a sentence: The actor could see many familiar faces in the audience.
The word face also refers to an expression or appearance that a person creates using their face.
- Real-life examples: Parents make funny faces to make their children laugh. A smiling person has a happy face. Horror movies cause many people to make a scared face.
- Used in a sentence: Gretchen puts on a happy face even when she feels sad.
As a verb, face is used to mean to confront someone or something directly. If you face your fears, you are trying to deal with them instead of ignoring them. Sometimes, face is used in a similar sense to specifically mean you are confronting an enemy. Criminals, for example, are often forced to face justice even though they really don’t want to.
- Real-life examples: People are often faced with problems and obstacles they must solve. Experts often tell people to face the facts and not ignore or deny them.
- Used in a sentence: Roger had to face the harsh reality that his girlfriend had left him.
Where does face come from?
The first records of face come from around 1250. The noun ultimately comes from the Latin faciēs, meaning “appearance.” The verb comes from the late Middle English verb facen, which comes from the noun.
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What are some other forms related to face?
- faceless (adjective)
- facer (noun)
- faceable (adjective)
- subface (noun)
- underface (noun, verb)
- unfaceable (adjective)
What are some synonyms for face?
What are some words that share a root or word element with face?
What are some words that often get used in discussing face?
How is face used in real life?
Face is a very common word that most often refers to the front of a person’s head.
Face the future fearlessly, understanding the process and seeing the perfection of all of it.
— Neale Donald Walsch (@realNDWalsch) November 30, 2020
I want clear skin but I touch my face all the time😭
— Jauhara Vally (@JauharaV) December 1, 2020
Some people say that when I make an angry face I start looking like a shark :/
— Sam (@SamGolbach) August 3, 2016
Try using face!
Which of the following is not part of a person’s face?
How to use face in a sentence
In the post, featuring a picture of the two hugging closely with smiles plastered on their faces, the Next Friday star lamented his father’s passing and expressed gratitude for the memories they shared.Mike Epps Mourns The Loss Of His Father Weeks After His Mother’s Passing|Brande Victorian|February 12, 2021|Essence.com
It takes fearlessness to go head to head with a giant company, but it’s important to stand up in the face of what can be overwhelming.A feminine wash for teens? Angry parents and gynecologists are on a social media crusade.|Abigail Higgins|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
There’s the pain in Coach Mark Few’s face on ESPN in March when the tournament cancellation happened, his smashing team done at 31-2.College basketball’s kingdoms have gone haywire — in case you just started paying attention|Chuck Culpepper|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
I normally connect with a guy face to face, which makes the interaction more organic.
When you breathe in, you should feel suction up against your face.Masks should fit better or be doubled up to protect against coronavirus variants, CDC says|Lena H. Sun, Fenit Nirappil|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
In that photo, Merabet has a big smile that spreads across his whole face and lights up his eyes.
Cassandra, whose hair has already begun to fall out from her court-mandated chemotherapy, could face a similar outcome.
They know they will face either a swift backlash or deafening silence.
They are to face oppression with humble persistence and absolute conviction.
She narrowed her eyes, bit her lip as if to chew over the question, and whisked some stray blond hairs away from her face.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’|Asawin Suebsaeng|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It is most peculiar, and when he plays that way, the most bewitching little expression comes over his face.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
Bernard stood there face to face with Mrs. Vivian, whose eyes seemed to plead with him more than ever.Confidence|Henry James
A Yankee, whose face had been mauled in a pot-house brawl, assured General Jackson that he had received his scars in battle.
With a suffocating gasp, she fell back into the chair on which she sat, and covered her face with her hands.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Joe looked at her with a smile, his face still solemn and serious for all its youth and the fires of new-lit hope behind his eyes.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
British Dictionary definitions for face (1 of 2)
- the front of the head from the forehead to the lower jaw; visage
- (as modifier)face flannel; face cream
- the expression of the countenance; looka sad face
- a distorted expression, esp to indicate disgust; grimaceshe made a face
- the exposed area of a mine from which coal, ore, etc, may be mined
- (as modifier)face worker
- the printing surface of any type character
- the style, the design, or sometimes the size of any type fount
- the print made from type
- (of the referee) to drop (the puck) between two opposing players, as when starting or restarting playSee also face-off
- to start or restart play in this manner
Derived forms of facefaceable, adjective
Word Origin for face
British Dictionary definitions for face (2 of 2)
Medical definitions for face
Scientific definitions for face
Other Idioms and Phrases with face
In addition to the idioms beginning with face
- face down
- face it
- face the music
- face to face
- face up
- face up to
- face value
- face with
- at face value
- blue in the face
- brave face
- do an about-face
- egg on one's face
- feed one's face
- fly in the face of
- hide one's face
- in someone's face
- in the face of
- in your face
- keep a straight face
- laugh out of the other side of one's mouth (face)
- long face
- look someone in the face
- lose face
- make a face
- on the face of it
- plain as day (the nose on your face)
- poker face
- put one's face on
- red in the face
- save face
- set one's face against
- show one's face
- slap in the face
- stare in the face
- stuff one's face
- talk one's arm off (until blue in the face)
- throw in someone's face
- to someone's face