What is face?

  • (verb): Deal with (something unpleasant) head on.
    Synonyms: confront, face up
    See also — Additional definitions below


The face is a central sense organ complex, normally on the ventral surface of the head for animals that have one. It can, depending on the definition in the human case, include the hair, forehead, eyebrow, eyelashes, eyes, nose, ears, cheeks, mouth, lips, philtrum, temple, teeth, skin, and chin. The face has uses of expression, appearance, and identity amongst others. It also has different senses like olfaction, taste, hearing, and vision.

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Some articles on face:

24-cell Honeycomb - Configuration
... It has no neighbors with which it shares only an edge or only a face ... Finally, the face figure is a triangle, so there are 3 octahedra and 3 24-cells meeting at every face ...
Dance (Gary Numan album) - Track Listing
... You Are, You Are" – 403 "Moral" – 433 "Stormtrooper in Drag"* (with Paul Gardiner) – 459 "Face to Face"* (with Dramatis, the members of Numan's former backing band) – 346 "Dance ... The track was subsequently replaced by its B-side, "Face to Face", for the subsequent edition of Dance, although it would be included on the 1996 Numan compilation, Premier Hits ...
Cosmetics - Makeup Types
... Face Primer, Come in various formulas to suit individual skin concerns ... Some formulations are meant only for the eye or only for the face ... Foundation, used to smooth out the face and cover spots or uneven skin coloration ...
Face - Biological Perspective
... Research has indicated that certain areas of the brain respond particularly well to faces ... The fusiform face area, within the fusiform gyrus, is activated by faces, and it is activated differently for shy and social people ... Furthermore, particular areas respond more to a face that is considered attractive, as seen in another study "Facial beauty evokes a widely distributed neural network ...
... A face-off (or faceoff) is the method used to begin play in ice hockey and some other sports ... The linesmen are responsible for all other face-offs ...

More definitions of "face":

  • (verb): Present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize.
    Synonyms: confront, present
  • (verb): Line the edge (of a garment) with a different material.
    Example: "Face the lapels of the jacket"
  • (noun): A vertical surface of a building or cliff.
  • (noun): 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"
  • (noun): A surface forming part of the outside of an object.
    Example: "Dew dripped from the face of the leaf"
    Synonyms: side
  • (noun): The part of an animal corresponding to the human face.
  • (noun): A contorted facial expression.
    Synonyms: grimace
  • (noun): The act of confronting bravely.
    Example: "He hated facing the facts"; "he excelled in the face of danger"
    Synonyms: facing
  • (noun): Status in the eyes of others.
    Example: "He lost face"
  • (noun): A specific size and style of type within a type family.
    Synonyms: font, fount, typeface
  • (noun): The striking or working surface of an implement.
  • (verb): Cover the front or surface of.
    Example: "The building was faced with beautiful stones"
  • (noun): A part of a person that is used to refer to a person.
    Example: "He looked out at a roomful of faces"; "when he returned to work he met many new faces"
  • (verb): Turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction.
    Example: "Turn and face your partner now"
  • (verb): Be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to.
    Synonyms: front, look
  • (verb): Turn so as to expose the face.
    Example: "Face a playing card"
  • (noun): The front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear.
    Example: "He washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
    Synonyms: human face
  • (verb): Oppose, as in hostility or a competition.
    Synonyms: confront
  • (verb): Be opposite.
    Example: "The facing page"; "the two sofas face each other"
  • (noun): The general outward appearance of something.
    Example: "The face of the city is changing"

Famous quotes containing the word face:

    I that loved and you that liked, shall we begin to wrangle?
    No, no, no, my heart is fast, and cannot disentangle.
    —Unknown. Since First I Saw Your Face (l. 3–4)

    why do you waste your time
    on childish things alone?”
    “Clothe yourself in anger.”
    “Take courage,
    and cast off this honesty
    toward your lover.”
    When her girlfriends
    gave her such advice,
    she answered,
    her face frightened,
    “Speak softly.
    The lord of my breath
    is still in my heart.
    No doubt he’ll hear you.”
    Amaru (c. seventh century A.D.)

    On our streets it is the sight of a totally unknown face or figure which arrests the attention, rather than, as in big cities, the strangeness of occasionally seeing someone you know.
    —For the State of Vermont, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)