a look or expression on the face:[countable]a sad face.
outward appearance:[countable; usually singular]The pioneers changed the face of the wilderness.
the surface of something:[countable; usually singular]The ship seems to have disappeared from the face of the earth.
to look toward:[~ + object]She turned and faced the sea.
to have the front toward: [~ + object]The barn faces the field.[no object]The barn faced south.
to confront or meet directly or boldly:[~ + object]You have to face facts.
face up to,[~ + up + to + object]
to admit:You must face up to your mistake.
to meet courageously:He had to face up to the possibility of losing his job.
Idiomsface to face:
opposite one another; facing:The dancers stood face to face with their partners.
confronting one another:The two candidates finally met face to face.
Idiomsin the face of, in spite of; notwithstanding:He was steadfast in the face of many obstacles.
lose face, to be humiliated or embarrassed:It was impossible to apologize publicly without losing face.
Idiomsmake a face, to put an exaggerated expression, as of dismay or disgust, on one's face: [no object]After the teacher scolded her, the child made a face and sat down.[ make + a + ~ + at + obj]:The child made a face at the dentist.
Idiomsto someone's face, in one's very presence:Tell her how you feel to her face.
face(fās),USA pronunciationn., v.,faced, fac•ing. n.
Anatomythe front part of the head, from the forehead to the chin.
a look or expression on this part:a sad face.
an expression or look that indicates ridicule, disgust, etc.; grimace:The child put on a face when told to go to bed.
Clothingcosmetics; makeup:Excuse me while I go to the powder room to put on my face.
impudence; boldness:to have the face to ask such a rude question.
outward appearance:These are just old problems with new faces. The future presented a fair face to the fortunate youth.
outward show or pretense, esp. as a means of preserving one's dignity or of concealing a detrimental fact, condition, etc.:Though shamed beyond words, he managed to show a bold face.
good reputation; dignity; prestige:They hushed up the family scandal to preserve face.
the amount specified in a bill or note, exclusive of interest.
the manifest sense or express terms, as of a document.
Geography, Place Namesthe geographic characteristics or general appearance of a land surface.
the surface:the face of the earth.
the side, or part of a side, upon which the use of a thing depends:the clock's face; the face of a playing card.
the most important or most frequently seen side; front:the face of a building.
Clothing, Textilesthe outer or upper side of a fabric; right side.
the acting, striking, or working surface of an implement, tool, etc.
Mathematics[Geom.]any of the bounding surfaces of a solid figure:a cube has six faces.
MiningAlso called working face. the front or end of a drift or excavation, where the material is being or was last mined.
Printingthe working surface of a type, of a plate, etc. See diag. under type.
PrintingAlso called typeface. 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.See table under typeface.
PrintingAlso called typeface. the general style or appearance of type:broad or narrow face.
Aeronautics, Nautical, Naval Terms[Naut., Aeron.]the rear or after side of a propeller blade (opposed to back).
[Fort.]either of the two outer sides that form the salient angle of a bastion or the like. See diag. under bastion.
Crystallographyany of the plane surfaces of a crystal.
Electronicsfaceplate (def. 3).
[Archaic.]sight; presence:to flee from the face of the enemy.
Idiomsface to 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.
Idiomsface to face with, in close proximity to; narrowly escaping; confronting:face to face with death.
Idiomsfly in the face of. See fly1 (def. 21).
Dialect Terms, Idiomsget out of someone's face (usually used imperatively)
Dialect Terms[Southern U.S.]go away!; leave.
Slang Termsto stop bothering or annoying someone.
Idiomsin the face of:
in spite of; notwithstanding:She persevered in the face of many obstacles.
when confronted with:They were steadfast in the face of disaster.
Idiomslose face, to suffer disgrace, humiliation, or embarrassment:It was impossible to apologize publicly without losing face.
Idiomsmake a face, to grimace, as in distaste or contempt; contort one's face in order to convey a feeling or to amuse another:She made a face when she was told the work wasn't finished. The children made me laugh by making faces.
Idiomson the face of it, to outward appearances; superficially; seemingly:On the face of it, there was no hope for a comeback.
Idiomsput on a bold face, to give the appearance of confidence or assurance:Everyone knew that he had been fired, even though he put on a bold face.Also, put a bold face on.
Idiomssave face, to avoid disgrace, humiliation, or embarrassment:She tried to save face by saying that the bill had never arrived.
Idiomsset one's face against, to disapprove strongly of; oppose:My parents have set their face against my becoming an actress.
Idiomsshow one's face, to make an appearance; be seen:I would be ashamed to show my face in such an outlandish outfit. Just show your face at the party and then you can leave.
Idiomsto one's face, in one's presence; brazenly; directly:Tell him to his face that he's a liar!
to look toward or in the direction of:to face the light.
to have the front toward or permit a view of:The building faces Fifth Avenue. The bedroom faces the park.
to confront directly:to be faced with a problem; to face the future confidently.
to confront courageously, boldly, or impudently (usually fol. by down or out):He could always face down his detractors.
to oppose or to meet defiantly:to face fearful odds; Army faces Navy in today's football game.
to cover or partly cover with a different material in front:They faced the old wooden house with brick.
Clothingto finish the edge of a garment with facing.
Gamesto turn the face of (a playing card) upwards.
to dress or smooth the surface of (a stone or the like).
Militaryto cause (soldiers) to turn to the right, left, or in the opposite direction.
Sport[Ice Hockey.](of a referee) to put (the puck) in play by dropping it between two opposing players each having his or her stick on the ice and facing the goal of the opponent.
to turn or be turned (often fol. by to or toward):She faced toward the sea.
to be placed with the front in a certain direction (often fol. by on, to, or toward):The house faces on the street. The barn faces south.
to turn to the right, left, or in the opposite direction:Left face!
Sport[Ice Hockey.]to face the puck (often fol. by off).
face down, to confront boldly or intimidate (an opponent, critic, etc.).
Sportface off,[Ice Hockey.]to start a game or period with a face-off.
Idiomsface the music. See music (def. 9).
face up to:
to acknowledge; admit:to face up to the facts.
to meet courageously; confront:He refused to face up to his problems.
Vulgar Latin *facia, for Latin faciēsfacies; (verb, verbal) late Middle English facen, derivative of the noun, nominal
Anglo-French, Old French
(noun, nominal) Middle English 1250–1300
1.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedFace,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, esp. as revealing seriousness or severity:a stern visage.
2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged appearance, aspect, mien.
to express mirth, pleasure, derision, or nervousness with an audible, vocal expulsion of air from the lungs that can range from a loud burst of sound to a series of quiet chuckles and is usually accompanied by characteristic facial and bodily movements.
to experience the emotion so expressed:He laughed inwardly at the scene.
to produce a sound resembling human laughter:A coyote laughed in the dark.
to drive, put, bring, etc., by or with laughter (often fol. by out, away, down, etc.):They laughed him out of town. We laughed away our troubles.
to utter with laughter:He laughed his consent.
to make fun of; deride; ridicule:They were laughing at him, not along with him.
to be scornful of; reject:They stopped laughing at the unusual theory when it was found to be predictive.
to find sympathetic amusement in; regard with humor:We can learn to laugh a little at even our most serious foibles.
laugh up one's sleeve. See sleeve (def. 4).
laugh off, to dismiss as ridiculous, trivial, or hollow:He had received threats but laughed them off as the work of a crank.
laugh out of court, to dismiss or depreciate by means of ridicule; totally scorn:His violent protests were laughed out of court by the others.
laugh out of the other side of one's mouth. to undergo a chastening reversal, as of glee or satisfaction that is premature; be ultimately chagrined, punished, etc.; cry:She's proud of her promotion, but she'll laugh out of the other side of her mouth when the work piles up.Also, laugh on the wrong side of one's mouth or face.
the act or sound of laughing; laughter.
an expression of mirth, derision, etc., by laughing.
[Informal.]something that provokes laughter, amusement, or ridicule:After all the advance publicity, the prizefight turned out to be a laugh.
have the last laugh, to prove ultimately successful after a seeming defeat or loss:She smiled slyly, because she knew she would yet have the last laugh on them.
bef. 900; Middle English laughen, Old English hlæh(h)an (Anglian); cognate with Dutch, German lachen, Old Norse hlǣja, Gothic hlahjan
11.See corresponding entry in UnabridgedLaugh,chuckle,grin,smile refer to methods of expressing mirth, appreciation of humor, etc. A laugh may be a sudden, voiceless exhalation, but is usually an audible sound, either soft or loud:a hearty laugh.Chuckle suggests a barely audible series of sounds expressing private amusement or satisfaction:a delighted chuckle.A smile is a (usually pleasant) lighting up of the face and an upward curving of the corners of the lips (which may or may not be open); it may express amusement or mere recognition, friendliness, etc.:a courteous smile.A grin, in which the teeth are usually visible, is like an exaggerated smile, less controlled in expressing the feelings:a friendly grin.