Origin of facing
- the working surface of a type, of a plate, etc.
- Also called typeface, typestyle.any design of type, including a full range of characters, as letters, numbers, and marks of punctuation, in all sizes: Caslon is one of the most popular faces.
- Also called typeface, typestyle,.the general style or appearance of type: broad or narrow face.
verb (used with object), faced, fac·ing.
verb (used without object), faced, fac·ing.
- 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.
- to acknowledge; admit: to face up to the facts.
- to meet courageously; confront: He refused to face up to his problems.
Origin of face
Synonyms for face
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Contemporary Examples of facing
In a romantic relationship, facing humiliation or awkwardness is a strong possibility.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating
January 1, 2015
Roll the pork over the stuffing, like a jelly roll, until the seam is facing down and the fat back is on top.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
In short, Maduro is now facing dual crises: One economic, the other of legitimacy.Venezuela Says Goodbye to Its Lil Friend, While the Rest of the Continent Cheers
December 20, 2014
Putin may very well be the last optimist left in the country, which is facing a time of confusion and disappointment.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug
December 18, 2014
Before this latest brush with the law, the rapper was facing pot-bust and unrelated gun charges.Rapper Bobby Shmurda Arrested at New York’s Notorious Quad Studios
December 17, 2014
Historical Examples of facing
The American boys were tense and strained, knowing that in a few hours they would be facing death.People of Destiny
I solemnly believe that we are facing another crisis in our history; it is slowly, gradually, inevitably and surely approaching.The Modern Ku Klux Klan
Henry Peck Fry
Rose pointed out to me Mrs. Shelton, seated conspicuously in front of the platform, facing the lecturer.The Home Life of Poe
Susan Archer Weiss
The best position for the pump is facing the head of the ladder, and about six feet from it.Torpedoes and Torpedo Warfare
C. W. Sleeman
His pony, however, offered serious objections to facing that roaring hurricane of a beast.The Outdoor Chums After Big Game
Captain Quincy Allen
- 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
Word Origin for face
c.1400, "disfiguring," from face. Meaning "defiance" is from 1520s; that of "front of a garment" is 1560s; "coating" is from 1580s; "front or outer part of a wall, building, etc.," is from 1823.
late 13c., "front of the head," from Old French face (12c.) "face, countenance, look, appearance," from Vulgar Latin *facia (cf. Italian faccia), from Latin facies "appearance, form, figure," and secondarily "visage, countenance;" probably related to facere "to make" (see factitious).
Replaced Old English andwlita (from root of wlitan "to see, look") and ansyn, the usual word (from the root of seon "see"). In French, the use of face for "front of the head" was given up 17c. and replaced by visage (older vis), from Latin visus "sight." To lose face (or save face), 1876, is said to be from Chinese tu lien. Face value was originally (1878) of bank notes, postage stamps, etc.
"confront with assurance, show a bold face," mid-15c., from face (n.) Related: Faced. To face the music is theatrical.
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