[ fey-sing ]
/ ˈfeɪ sɪŋ /


a covering in front, for ornament, protection, etc., as an outer layer of stone on a brick wall.
a lining applied to the edge of a garment for ornament or strengthening.
material turned outward or inward, as a cuff or hem.
facings, coverings of a different color applied on the collar, cuffs, or other parts of a military coat.

Origin of facing

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at face, -ing1

Definition for facing (2 of 2)

Origin of face

1250–1300; (noun) Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *facia, for Latin faciēs facies; (v.) late Middle English facen, derivative of the noun


1 Face, countenance, visage refer to the front of the (usually human) head. The face is the combination of the features: a face with broad cheekbones. Countenance, a more formal word, denotes the face as it is affected by or reveals the state of mind, and hence often signifies the look or expression on the face: a thoughtful countenance. Visage, still more formal, refers to the face as seen in a certain aspect, especially as revealing seriousness or severity: a stern visage.
2 appearance, aspect, mien.
7 exterior.
14 façade.
30 veneer.


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British Dictionary definitions for facing (1 of 3)

/ (ˈfeɪsɪŋ) /


a piece of material used esp to conceal the seam of a garment and prevent fraying
(usually plural) a piece of additional cloth, esp in a different colour, on the collar, cuffs, etc, of the jacket of a military uniform, formerly used to denote the regiment
an outer layer or coat of material applied to the surface of a wall
marketing an area of retail shelf space

British Dictionary definitions for facing (2 of 3)


abbreviation for

Fellow of the Australian College of Education

British Dictionary definitions for facing (3 of 3)

/ (feɪs) /



Derived forms of face

faceable, adjective

Word Origin for face

C13: from Old French, from Vulgar Latin facia (unattested), from Latin faciēs form, related to facere to make
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Medical definitions for facing (1 of 2)

[ fāsĭng ]


A tooth-colored material used to hide the buccal or labial surface of a gold crown to give the outward appearance of a natural tooth.

Medical definitions for facing (2 of 2)

[ fās ]


The front portion of the head, from forehead to chin.
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Scientific definitions for facing

[ fās ]

A plane surface of a geometric solid. A cube has 6 faces; a dodecahedron, 12.
Any of the surfaces of a rock or crystal.
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Idioms and Phrases with facing


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

also see:

  • 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
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