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Definition of "face" [face]

  • The surface of the front of the head from the top of the forehead to the base of the chin and from ear to ear. (noun)
  • A person: We saw many new faces on the first day of classes. (noun)
  • A person's countenance: a happy face. (noun)
  • A contorted facial expression; a grimace: made a face at the prospect of eating lemons. (noun)
  • Facial cosmetics: put one's face on. (noun)
  • The front of the head from the forehead to the lower jaw; visage (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • The expression of the countenance; look (noun)
  • A distorted expression, esp to indicate disgust; grimace (noun)
  • Make-up (esp in the phrase put one's face on) (noun)
  • Outward appearance (noun)
  • Appearance or pretence (esp in the phrases put a bold, good, bad, etc, face on) (noun)
  • Worth in the eyes of others; dignity (esp in the phrases lose or save face) (noun)
  • Impudence or effrontery (noun)
  • The main side of an object, building, etc, or the front (noun)
  • The marked surface of an instrument, esp the dial of a timepiece (noun)
  • The functional or working side of an object, as of a tool or playing card (noun)
  • The exposed area of a mine from which coal, ore, etc, may be mined (noun)
  • The uppermost part or surface (noun)
  • Any one of the plane surfaces of a crystal or other solid figure (noun)
  • A steep side of a mountain, bounded by ridges (noun)
  • Either of the surfaces of a coin, esp the one that bears the head of a ruler (noun)
  • A well-known or important person (noun)
  • The printing surface of any type character (noun)
  • The style, the design, or sometimes the size of any type fount (noun)
  • The print made from type (noun)
  • The aft or near side of a propeller blade (noun)
  • To look or be situated or placed (in a specified direction) (verb)
  • To be opposite (verb)
  • To meet or be confronted by (verb)
  • To accept or deal with something (verb)
  • To provide with a surface of a different material (verb)
  • To dress the surface of (stone or other material) (verb)
  • To expose (a card) with the face uppermost (verb)
  • To order (a formation) to turn in a certain direction or (of a formation) to turn as required (verb)
  • (of the referee) to drop (the puck) between two opposing players, as when starting or restarting play (verb)
  • To start or restart play in this manner (verb)

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Use "face" in a sentence
  • ""On the other hand," continued Orme, turning the bill over and eyeing the inscription on its face, "your mistake in first writing the name instead of printing it, shows me that you did write the words on the _face_ of the bill.""
  • "He requested the presentation of the author, John Locke, and thanked him face to face -- neither, like the augurs, able to keep his _face_ -- for such antidotes to the blues."
  • "Life, and to this day I doubt if I could sit down and describe fully the shape or moulding of any one particular feature of that face, for it was not the _face_, but the expression that formed it, that inclined me toward it."