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English noun: face

1. face (body) the front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear


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


Synonymshuman face


Broader (hypernym)external body part


Narrower (hyponym)countenance, kisser, mug, phiz, physiognomy, smiler, visage


Part holonymbeard, brow, brow, cheek, chin, eye, eyebrow, face fungus, facial, facial muscle, facial nerve, facial vein, feature, forehead, jaw, jowl, lineament, mentum, mouth, nervus facialis, nose, oculus, olfactory organ, optic, seventh cranial nerve, supercilium, vena facialis, whiskers


Part meronymcaput, head, homo, human, human being, man

2. face (attribute) the feelings expressed on a person's face


SamplesA sad expression.
A look of triumph.
An angry face.


Synonymsaspect, expression, facial expression, look


Broader (hypernym)countenance, visage


Narrower (hyponym)leer, light, spark, sparkle, twinkle

3. face (attribute) the general outward appearance of something


SamplesThe face of the city is changing.


Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect

4. face (artifact) the striking or working surface of an implement


Broader (hypernym)surface


Part meronymclub head, club-head, clubhead, golf-club head, head, racket, racquet

5. face (person) a part of a person that is used to refer to a person


SamplesHe looked out at a roomful of faces.
When he returned to work he met many new faces.


Broader (hypernym)individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul


Domain usagesynecdoche

6. face (location) a surface forming part of the outside of an object


SamplesHe examined all sides of the crystal.
Dew dripped from the face of the leaf.


Synonymsside


Broader (hypernym)surface


Narrower (hyponym)back end, backside, beam-ends, bottom, forepart, front, front end, lee, lee side, leeward, rear, top, top side, underside, undersurface, upper side, upside, windward

7. face (body) the part of an animal corresponding to the human face


Broader (hypernym)external body part


Narrower (hyponym)muzzle


Part meronymanimal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna

8. face (artifact) the side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object)


SamplesHe dealt the cards face down.


Broader (hypernym)front


Narrower (hyponym)clock dial, clock face, dial


Part meronymplaying card, ticker, watch

9. face (communication) a contorted facial expression


SamplesShe made a grimace at the prospect.


Synonymsgrimace


Broader (hypernym)facial expression, facial gesture


Narrower (hyponym)moue, pout, wry face

10. face (communication) a specific size and style of type within a type family


Synonymscase, font, fount, typeface


Broader (hypernym)type


Narrower (hyponym)bicameral script, black letter, bold, bold face, boldface, cartridge font, constant-width font, fixed-width font, font cartridge, Gothic, Helvetica, italic, monospaced font, proportional font, raster font, sans serif, screen font, typewriter font, unicameral script


Member meronymtype family

11. face (attribute) status in the eyes of others


SamplesHe lost face.


Broader (hypernym)position, status

12. face (attribute) impudent aggressiveness


SamplesI couldn't believe her boldness.
He had the effrontery to question my honesty.


Synonymsboldness, brass, cheek, nerve


Broader (hypernym)aggressiveness


Narrower (hyponym)audaciousness, audacity

13. face (artifact) a vertical surface of a building or cliff


Broader (hypernym)vertical surface


Narrower (hyponym)coalface, perpendicular


English verb: face

1. face (communication) deal with (something unpleasant) head on


SamplesYou must confront your problems.
He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes.


Synonymsconfront, face up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)approach, go about, set about


Narrower (hyponym)tackle, take on, undertake


Verb groupconfront, face, present


Antonymsavoid

2. face (competition) oppose, as in hostility or a competition


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


Synonymsconfront


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)encounter, meet, play, take on


Narrower (hyponym)breast, front, match, oppose, pit, play off, take the bull by the horns

3. face (stative) be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to


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


ExamplesHis fields face mine at this point


Synonymsfront, look


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)lie


Narrower (hyponym)confront


Verb groupface


Antonymsback

4. face (stative) be opposite


SamplesThe facing page.
The two sofas face each other.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)be


Verb groupface, front, look

5. face (motion) turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction


SamplesTurn and face your partner now.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)turn


Verb groupface

6. face (communication) present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize


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


Synonymsconfront, present


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Verb groupconfront, face, face up

7. face (perception) turn so as to expose the face


SamplesFace a playing card.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disclose, expose


Verb groupface

8. face (contact) line the edge (of a garment) with a different material


SamplesFace the lapels of the jacket.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)line


Narrower (hyponym)reface


Verb groupface

9. face (contact) cover the front or surface of


SamplesThe building was faced with beautiful stones.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cover


Narrower (hyponym)reface, revet


Verb groupface









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