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Face appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Faith's face cloth
    (by Monica Holmes-Lauder)

Face appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Face decaf!
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Usage statistics for the noun face:

spoken English25.17%written English74.83% conversational speech64.17%task-oriented speech35.83% imaginative writing88.55%informational writing11.45%
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Face is sometimes a misspelling of phase.

The word face is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun face

What does face mean as a name of something?

Face is one of the top 100 most common nouns. It is used mostly in imaginative writing, being the 8th most common noun in imaginative written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: faces

  1. the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear
  2. the feelings expressed on a person's face
  3. the general outward appearance of something
    • example: the face of the city is changing
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic terms: appearance / visual aspect = outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
  4. the striking or working surface of an implement
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: surface = the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary
    • part of: club head / club-head / clubhead / golf-club head = the head of the club which strikes the ball; head = the striking part of a tool; racket / racquet = a sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games
  5. a part of a person that is used to refer to a person
  6. a surface forming part of the outside of an object
    • examples: dew dripped from the face of the leaf | they travelled across the face of the continent
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonym of face: side
    • more generic word: surface = the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object
    • more specific terms:
  7. the part of an animal corresponding to the human face
  8. the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object)
    • example: he dealt the cards face down
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: front = the side that is seen or that goes first
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: playing card = one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games; ticker / watch = a small portable timepiece
  9. a contorted facial expression
  10. a specific size and style of type within a type family
  11. status in the eyes of others
    • example: he lost face
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: position / status = the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
  12. impudent aggressiveness
  13. a vertical surface of a building or cliff
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: vertical surface = a surface that is vertical
    • more specific words:

Alternative definition of the noun face


  1. [anatomy] The front part of the head, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth and the surrounding area.
  2. One's facial expression.
  3. The public image; outward appearance.
  4. The frontal aspect of something.
  5. The directed force of something.
  6. Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. (See 'lose face', 'save face').
  7. [geometry] Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron. More generally, any of the bounding pieces of a polytope of any dimension.
  8. Any surface; especially a front or outer one.
  9. The numbered dial of a clock or watch.
  10. [slang] The mouth.
  11. [slang] Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.
  12. [slang, professional wrestling] The good guy; a wrestler embodying heroic or virtuous traits.
  13. [cricket] The front surface of a bat.
  14. [golf] The part of a [soplink, golf, club] that hits the ball.
  15. [cards] The side of the card that shows its value (as opposed to the back side, which looks the same on all cards of the deck).
  16. [typography] A typeface.

Definition of the verb face

What does face mean as a doing word?

Face is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: faced | facing | faces

  1. deal with (something unpleasant) head on
  2. oppose, as in hostility or a competition
  3. be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to
    • examples: The building faces the park | His fields face mine at this point
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of face: front / look
    • more generic word: lie = be located or situated somewhere
    • more specific word: confront = be face to face with
  4. be opposite
    • example: the two sofas face each other
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = occupy a certain position or area
  5. turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction
    • example: Turn and face your partner now
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: turn = change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense
  6. present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
    • examples: He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions | An enormous dilemma faces us
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of face: confront / present
  7. turn so as to expose the face
    • example: face a playing card
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • more generic words: disclose / expose / uncover = reveal to view as by removing a cover
  8. line the edge (of a garment) with a different material
  9. cover the front or surface of
    • example: The building was faced with beautiful stones
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 8
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: cover = provide with a covering or cause to be covered
    • more specific words:
      • revet = face with a layer of stone or concrete or other supporting material so as to retain
      • reface = provide with a new facing

Alternative definition of the verb face


  1. [transitive, of a person or animal] to position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).
    • [transitive, of an object] to have its front closest to (something else).
      • [transitive] To deal with (a difficult situation or person).
      • [intransitive] To have the front in a certain direction.
      • [transitive] to have as an opponent
      • [intransitive] [cricket] To be the striking batsman.*


      1. "Face" is a 2009 Taiwanese-French film directed by Tsai Ming-liang. It was nominated for the Golden Palm at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
      2. "Face" is a British crime drama directed by Antonia Bird and written by Ronan Bennett. It stars Robert Carlyle and Ray Winstone and features the acting debut of singer Damon Albarn.
      3. "Face" is a 2004 Korean horror film directed by Yoo Sang-gon.
      4. "Face" a.k.a. "Mukhra" is a 1988 Pakistani Punjabi film starring Nadeem Baig and Babra Sharif.
      5. "Face" is a 2002 drama film directed by Bertha Bay-Sa Pan.
      6. "Face" is a 2000 Japanese film directed by Junji Sakamoto. At the 24th Japan Academy Prize it won one award and received four other nominations.
      7. "Face" is a 2012 horror thriller film written by Mikal Britt & Norith Soth and directed by Taka Arai & Norith Soth.
      8. "Face" a.k.a. "Seja" is a film, directed by Jurģis Krāsons.
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      9. "Face" is a 2010 animated short film written and directed by Cornelius M. Heinzer.
      10. "Face" is a 2013 film directed by Marilyn Arias.
      11. "Face" is a short film, directed by Celik Kayalar.


      1. "Face" by British-Jamaican author and poet Benjamin Zephaniah is a novel published in 1999 about a teenage boy who suffers facial injuries in a joyriding accident. Face has also been adapted as a stage play.
        • also known as "Face (New Windmills)"
        • language: English Language
        • genres: Fiction, Children's literature
        • subjects: England, Adolescence, English Literature
        • released on (16 years ago)
      2. "Face" is a novel written by Cecile Pineda.
        • language: English Language
        • released in (30 years ago)
        • award: - National Book Award for First Work of Fiction nomination for Cecile Pineda
      3. "Face" is a book by Tim Lebbon.
        • genres: Horror, Fiction, Speculative fiction
        • copyright: 2001


      1. Face a.k.a. Templeton Peck: Lt. Templeton 'Faceman' Peck is a fictional character in the 2010 action-adventure film The A-Team.
      2. The Face is a fictional character, a comic book superhero that appeared in 1940s comics during what historians and fans call the Golden Age of Comic Books. He was created by artist Mart Bailey and an unknown writer.
        • also known as The Face
      3. Face is a fictional character from the 2008 film Gnomes and Trolls: The Secret Chamber.

      There are other characters with in their name, like Face 1, Ape Face, New face, two face, Baby Face, Moon face, Moon-Face, Angel Face, False Face, False-Face, Space Face, Rat Face Blake, The Face Reader, Baby Face Nelson, The Face at the Window, Face on the Cutting Room Floor.


      1. "Face" is the 2012 single by NU'EST.
        • artist: Nu'est
        • released on
      2. "FACE" is a musical album of Chicken Garlic Steak.
        • released on (7 years ago)
      3. "Face" is a musical album of Dan Bull.
      4. "Face" is a musical album of Mass Psychosis.
        • released on (20 years ago)
      5. "Face" is a musical album of Big Chief.
        • released in (23 years ago)
      6. "Face" is a composition, cataloged instance.
      7. "Face" is a musical album of 80KIDZ.
        • released on
      8. "FACE" is a composition, cataloged instance.
      9. "Face" is a musical album of Kazuki Kato.
        • released on (8 years ago)
      10. "FACE" is a musical album of Light Fires.
        • released on
      11. "Face" is a musical EP of The Zombie Kids.
        • released on
      12. "Face" is a musical album of Mass Psychosis.
        • released in (25 years ago)


      1. Face a.k.a. Billy Crystal: William Edward "Billy" Crystal is an American actor, writer, film producer, director, comedian, and television host. He gained prominence in the 1970s for playing Jodie Dallas on the ABC sitcom Soap and became a Hollywood film star during the late 1980s and 1990s, appearing in the critical and box office successes When Harry Met Sally..., City Slickers, and Analyze This and providing the voice of Mike Wazowski in the Monsters, Inc. franchise. He has hosted the Academy Awards nine times, beginning in 1990 and most recently in 2012.
      2. Face is a musician.
      3. Face is a record producer, audio engineer and rapper.
        • also known as Jamil Johnson
        • born in Washington, D.C.
        • nationality: United States of America
        • profession: Record producer, audio engineer, rapper, singer
        • albums: "About Face", "The Mona Lisa Project"
        • some of the nominations and awards:
            • nominated to Independent Music Award for Best Album - Rap or Hip-Hop - "The Mona Lisa Project", with Elleone Entertainment
            • nominated to Independent Music Award for Best EP - Urban (Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B/Soul) - "About Face", with el león Entertainment
      4. Face a.k.a. Amar Agha is an actor and theater performer.

      There are other people with in their name, like face it!, Face the, Roy Face, Baby Face, Doll Face, Jeff-Face, Neck Face, Angel Face, B-Face Rat, Samuel Face and many others.


      Face is a musical group.


      1. Face: In professional wrestling, a face, babyface or baby is a heroic or a "good guy" wrestler, booked by the promotion with the aim of being cheered by fans.
      2. Face: In solid geometry, a face is a flat surface that forms part of the boundary of a solid object; a three-dimensional solid bounded exclusively by flat faces is a polyhedron.
        • also known as หน้า (เรขาคณิต)
      3. Face: The term face idiomatically refers to one's own sense of dignity or prestige in social contexts. In the English-speaking world, the expression "To save face" describes the lengths that an individual may go to in order to preserve their established position in society, taking action to ensure that one is not thought badly of by their peers. It is a fundamental concept in the fields of sociology, sociolinguistics, semantics, politeness theory, psychology, political science, communication, and face negotiation theory, and translates at least somewhat equivalently into many world languages, both Germanic and otherwise.
      4. Face: In mining, the face is the surface where the mining work is advancing. In surface mining it is commonly called pit face, in underground mining a common term is mine face.
      5. Face are a Boulder, Colorado-based "all-vocal rock band," or a cappella group performing mostly rock music. National appearances and awards include one of the eight original groups on NBC's premiere season of "The Sing-Off", two-time Runner-Up and two-time National Audience Favorite at the National Finals of Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, and Runner-Up for Favorite Pop/Rock Group from the Contemporary A Cappella Society's Community Awards. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Face has also garnered numerous local awards including Best Local Band by The Denver Channel's A-List Awards, Best Local Musician by Boulder Weekly's Best of Boulder Awards and third-place for Best Local Band by The Denver Channel's A-List Awards.
      6. face a.k.a. The clubface is the area of a golf clubhead that hits the ball. Hitting the ball with other parts instead of the face causes a ball to go in a different direction and not towards the target. An example of this is the Shank or hitting a ball with the side of the club causing the ball to fly in almost a right angle from the swing.
      7. Face: The ancient Egyptian Face hieroglyph, Gardiner sign listed no. D2 is a portrayal of the human face, frontal view.

      Phrases with Face

      Phrases starting with the word Face:

      1. face up
      2. Face-Up
      3. Face Fly
      4. Face Man
      5. face off
      6. face-off
      7. face card
      8. face lift
      9. face mask
      10. face pack
      11. face soap
      12. face time
      13. face veil
      14. face-ache

      Phrases ending with the word Face:

      1. to face
      2. wry face
      3. Baby Face
      4. bold face
      5. Carb-Face
      6. Code Face

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      Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Face

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      Google previewPaganism and Christianity in Egypt (2012)

      by Philip David Scott-Moncrieff

      The first Archon in the first dungeon is crocodile-faced and it has its tail in its mouth. Its authentic name is Enchthonin. “The Archon in the second dungeon; its authentic face is a cat's: it is called in its region Charachar. “The Archon in the third ...

      Google previewFemmes Fatales (1991)

      Feminism, Film Theory, Psychoanalysis by Mary Ann Doane

      The face is that bodily part not accessible to the subject's own gaze (or accessible only as a virtual image in a mirror) — hence its...

      The face is the most readable space of the body.

      The face is a type of "deep" text, a text whose meaning is complicated by change and by a constant series of alterations between a reader ...

      Google previewThe Human Face (2003)

      Measurement and Meaning by Mary Katsikitis


      Google previewMerleau-Ponty and the Face of the World (2016)

      Silence, Ethics, Imagination, and Poetic Ontology by Glen A. Mazis

      The face is an opening to the layering of the sensual, imaginal, affective, memorial, visceral, rational, kinesthetic, and other senses...

      Google previewRobert Smithson, the Collected Writings (1996)

      by Robert Smithson, Jack D. Flam

      The mannerist face is a mask detached from the material fact of the pictorial surface. Roland Barthes tells us what...

      Or the Idea face is a mannerist picture while the Happening face is an expressionist painting. In order to deal with the face as ...

      Google previewCross-Cultural and Intercultural Communication (2003)

      by William B. Gudykunst

      CROSS-CULTURAL FACE CONCERNS AND FACEWORK Face is the claimed sense of favorable social self-worth and the...

      Google previewFace, Harmony, and Social Structure (1997)

      An Analysis of Organizational Behavior Across Cultures by P. Christopher Earley

      Face refers to a universal aspect of interaction concerning how we present ourselves as well as a basis for...

      Google previewZondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2011)

      by J. D. Douglas, Merrill C. Tenney

      face. This term (which renders primarily Heb. pānîm, pl. ofpāneh H7156, and Gk.prosōpon G4725) can refer not only to the front ...

      Google previewBailliere's Midwives' Dictionary E-Book (2012)

      by Denise Tiran

      face presentation cephalic face area from mentum or chin to supraorbital ridges; 14 fused bones. presentation with fetal spine and head extended, face lowest in pelvis; occurs in about 1:500–600 deliveries due to occipitoposterior position ...

      Google previewThe Agamben Dictionary (2011)

      by Alex Murray, Jessica Whyte

      FACE humanity today, then for Agamben, it is those who experience expropria- tion in its purest form – the refugee, the poet – who are also able to serve as paradigms for profaning that state of exception and assisting humanity in its ...

      Google previewA Dictionary of Dentistry (2010)

      by Robert Ireland

      face shield n. A transparent barrier extending from the forehead to the chin protecting the face and eyes from aerosols, spatter, and debris ...

      Google previewThe Bedside Dream Dictionary (2007)

      by Silvana Amar

      Interpret your dream by considering the face and the general content of the dream. A stranger's face could represent different parts of your personality or psyche.You think that you are seeing a stranger but in actuality you are seeing a different ...

      Google previewThe Complete English–Maori Dictionary (2012)

      by Bruce Biggs

      face kanohi, konohi,

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      Usage statistics about face

      The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

      Usage statistics for the noun face:

      spoken English25.17%written English74.83% conversational speech64.17%task-oriented speech35.83% imaginative writing88.55%informational writing11.45%

      Usage statistics for the verb face:

      spoken English30.4%written English69.6%

      Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun face:


      Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb face:


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      Quotes about Face

      Me and my loneliness
      Face to face

      Moonlit night, firefly
      Known silence

      Me and my loneliness
      Face to face

      Known joy, pleasures
      Unknown shout

      Me and my loneliness
      Face to face. (Abhinaba Sen)
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      Scrabble value of F4A1C3E1

      The value of this 4-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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