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Definition 1: a vertical surface of a building or cliff - [noun denoting artifact]

(face is a kind of ...) a surface that is vertical

(... is a kind of face ) an extremely steep face

(... is a kind of face ) the part of a coal seam that is being cut

Definition 2: the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object) - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he dealt the cards face down

(face is a kind of ...) the side that is seen or that goes first

(... is a kind of face ) the face of a clock showing hours and minutes of the day

(... is a kind of face ) the face of a timepiece; graduated to show the hours

(... is part of face) one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games

(... is part of face) a small portable timepiece

Definition 3: the striking or working surface of an implement - [noun denoting artifact]

(face is a kind of ...) the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer constituting or resembling such a boundary

"there is a special cleaner for these surfaces" "the cloth had a pattern of red dots on a white surface"

(... is part of face) (golf) the head of the club which strikes the ball

(... is part of face) the striking part of a tool

"the head of the hammer"

(... is part of face) 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

Definition 4: the general outward appearance of something - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the face of the city is changing

(face is a kind of ...) outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

Definition 5: status in the eyes of others - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he lost face

(face is a kind of ...) the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society

"he had the status of a minor" "the novel attained the status of a classic" "atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life"

Definition 6: impudent aggressiveness - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I couldn't believe her boldness
  • he had the effrontery to question my honesty

Synonyms for face in the sense of this definition

(face is a kind of ...) the quality of being bold and enterprising

(... is a kind of face ) aggressive boldness or unmitigated effrontery

"he had the audacity to question my decision"

Definition 7: the feelings expressed on a person's face - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a sad expression
  • a look of triumph
  • an angry face

Synonyms for face in the sense of this definition

(face is a kind of ...) the appearance conveyed by a person's face

"a pleasant countenance" "a stern visage"

(... is a kind of face ) a suggestive or sneering look or grin

(... is a kind of face ) merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance

"he had a sparkle in his eye" "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"

Definition 8: the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear - [noun denoting body]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he washed his face
  • I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news

Synonyms for face in the sense of this definition

(face is a kind of ...) any body part visible externally

(... is a kind of face ) the human face (`kisser' and `smiler' and `mug' are informal terms for `face' and `phiz' is British)

(face is a part of ...) the bones of the skull that frame the mouth and serve to open it; the bones that hold the teeth

(face is a part of ...) a fullness and looseness of the flesh of the lower cheek and jaw (characteristic of aging)

(face is a part of ...) either side of the face below the eyes

(face is a part of ...) the part of the face above the eyes

(face is a part of ...) any of the skeletal muscles of the face

(face is a part of ...) the characteristic parts of a person's face: eyes and nose and mouth and chin

"an expression of pleasure crossed his features" "his lineaments were very regular"

(face is a part of ...) the protruding part of the lower jaw

(face is a part of ...) the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals

"he has a cold in the nose"

(face is a part of ...) cranial nerve that supplies facial muscles

(face is a part of ...) any of several veins draining the face

(face is a part of ...) the arch of hair above each eye

(face is a part of ...) the organ of sight

(face is a part of ...) the externally visible part of the oral cavity on the face and the system of organs surrounding the opening

"she wiped lipstick from her mouth"

(face is a part of ...) the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face

(... is part of face) the upper part of the human body or the front part of the body in animals; contains the face and brains

"he stuck his head out the window"

(... is part of face) any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

Definition 9: the part of an animal corresponding to the human face - [noun denoting body]

(face is a kind of ...) any body part visible externally

(... is a kind of face ) forward projecting part of the head of certain animals; includes the jaws and nose

(... is part of face) a living organism characterized by voluntary movement

Definition 10: a specific size and style of type within a type family - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for face in the sense of this definition

(face is a kind of ...) printed characters

"small type is hard to read"

(... is a kind of face ) the font that is displayed on a computer screen

"when the screen font resembles a printed font a document may look approximately the same on the screen as it will when printed"

(... is a kind of face ) a typeface with letters slanting upward to the right

(... is a kind of face ) a typeface with thick heavy lines

(... is a kind of face ) a heavy typeface in use from 15th to 18th centuries

(... is a kind of face ) any font that is contained in a cartridge that can be plugged into a computer printer

(... is a kind of face ) any font whose different characters have different widths

(... is a kind of face ) a typeface is which each character is given the same width (as by a typewriter)

(... is a kind of face ) a script having two distinct cases

(... is a kind of face ) a script with a single case

(... is a kind of face ) a typeface in which characters have no serifs

(... is a member of face) a complete set of type suitable for printing text

Definition 11: a contorted facial expression - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she made a grimace at the prospect

Synonyms for face in the sense of this definition

(face is a kind of ...) a gesture executed with the facial muscles

(... is a kind of face ) a disdainful grimace

Definition 12: a surface forming part of the outside of an object - [noun denoting location]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he examined all sides of the crystal
  • dew dripped from the face of the leaf
  • they travelled across the face of the continent

Synonyms for face in the sense of this definition

(face is a kind of ...) the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object

"they skimmed over the surface of the water" "a brush small enough to clean every dental surface" "the sun has no distinct surface"

(... is a kind of face ) (nautical) at the ends of the transverse deck beams of a vessel

"on her beam-ends"

(... is a kind of face ) the lower side of anything

(... is a kind of face ) the side that is forward or prominent

(... is a kind of face ) the side of something that is sheltered from the wind

(... is a kind of face ) the side of something that is toward the wind

(... is a kind of face ) the side of an object that is opposite its front

"his room was toward the rear of the hotel"

(... is a kind of face ) the highest or uppermost side of anything

"put your books on top of the desk" "only the top side of the box was painted"

Definition 13: a part of a person that is used to refer to a person - [noun denoting person]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he looked out at a roomful of faces
  • when he returned to work he met many new faces

(face is a kind of ...) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(face is used in the usage domain ...) substituting a more inclusive term for a less inclusive one or vice versa

Definition 14: deal with (something unpleasant) head on - [verb of communication]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You must confront your problems
  • He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes

Synonyms for face in the sense of this definition

(face is a kind of ...) begin to deal with

"approach a task" "go about a difficult problem" "approach a new project"

(... is a kind of face ) accept as a challenge

"I'll tackle this difficult task"

(face has a similar meaning as ...) present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize

"We confronted him with the evidence" "He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions" "An enormous dilemma faces us"

Definition 15: present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize - [verb of communication]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We confronted him with the evidence
  • He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions
  • An enormous dilemma faces us

Synonyms for face in the sense of this definition

(face has a similar meaning as ...) deal with (something unpleasant) head on

"You must confront your problems" "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"

Definition 16: oppose, as in hostility or a competition - [verb of competition]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • You must confront your opponent
  • Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring
  • The two enemies finally confronted each other

Synonyms for face in the sense of this definition

(face is a kind of ...) contend against an opponent in a sport, game, or battle

"Princeton plays Yale this weekend" "Charlie likes to play Mary"

(... is a kind of face ) confront bodily

"breast the storm"

(... is a kind of face ) face a difficulty and grapple with it without avoiding it

(... is a kind of face ) set into opposition or rivalry

"let them match their best athletes against ours" "pit a chess player against the Russian champion" "He plays his two children off against each other"

Definition 17: line the edge (of a garment) with a different material - [verb of contact]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • face the lapels of the jacket

(face is a kind of ...) cover the interior of

"line the gloves" "line a chimney"

(... is a kind of face ) put a new facing on (a garment)

(face has a similar meaning as ...) cover the front or surface of

"The building was faced with beautiful stones"

Definition 18: cover the front or surface of - [verb of contact]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The building was faced with beautiful stones

(face is a kind of ...) provide with a covering or cause to be covered

"cover her face with a handkerchief" "cover the child with a blanket" "cover the grave with flowers"

(... is a kind of face ) face with a layer of stone or concrete or other supporting material so as to retain

"face an embankment"

(... is a kind of face ) provide with a new facing

"The building was refaced with beautiful stones"

(face has a similar meaning as ...) line the edge (of a garment) with a different material

"face the lapels of the jacket"

Definition 19: turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction - [verb of motion]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Turn and face your partner now

(face is a kind of ...) change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

"Turn towards me" "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face" "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"

(face has a similar meaning as ...) turn so as to expose the face

"face a playing card"

Definition 20: turn so as to expose the face - [verb of perception]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • face a playing card

(face is a kind of ...) reveal to view as by removing a cover

"The curtain rose to disclose a stunning set"

(face has a similar meaning as ...) turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction

"Turn and face your partner now"

Definition 21: be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to - [verb of stative]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The house looks north
  • My backyard look onto the pond
  • The building faces the park

Synonyms for face in the sense of this definition

(face is a kind of ...) be located or situated somewhere; occupy a certain position

(... is a kind of face ) be face to face with

"The child screamed when he confronted the man in the Halloween costume"

(face has a similar meaning as ...) be opposite

"the facing page" "the two sofas face each other"

Definition 22: be opposite - [verb of stative]

Samples where face or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the facing page
  • the two sofas face each other

(face is a kind of ...) occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

"Where is my umbrella?" "The toolshed is in the back" "What is behind this behavior?"

(face has a similar meaning as ...) be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to

"The house looks north" "My backyard look onto the pond" "The building faces the park"

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