- 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.
- 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.
- Slang. confrontational toward someone, as by criticizing or annoying persistently: My dad got in my face about my bad grades.
- (usually used imperatively to tease someone or flaunt something in a confrontational way): We won the game. In your face!
- involving confrontation; defiant; provocative: His political commentary is always in your face.See also in-your-face.
- 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
- 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
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 someone's face
In front of or against someone directly, as in He slammed the door in her face. [First half of 1400s] Also see in the face of.
get in someone's face. Annoy or pester someone. For example, He's always getting in my face when I'm trying to meet a deadline. Closely related is the imperative, get out of my face, meaning “stop annoying me,” as in Get out of my face before I punch you! [Slang; 1920s] Also see in your face; throw in someone's 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