[ noun ] (zoology) the front of the head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear
"he washed his face" "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
Used in print(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
Cameras stared at soloists ' faces in extreme closeups , then considerately pulled_back for full views of ensemble work .(The Providence Journal...)
Most of the female faces are new , or at_least not too familiar .(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)
Piepsam calls the cyclist `` cur '' and `` puppy '' among other things , and at the crisis of his fit a little fox-terrier stands before him and howls into his face .(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)
Bullets were so thick , throwing sand in his face , that he found it difficult to return the fire .
As he pushed open the door he fell on his face , one of his comrades pulling him inside .
[ verb ] deal with (something unpleasant) head on
"You must confront your problems" "He faced the terrible consequences of his mistakes"
Used in print(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)
Every man who dabbles_in the market to make a_little easy_money on_the_side and suffers losses could at the time hardly face his wife who was wondering how her husband could be so dumb .(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
If the circumstances are faced frankly it is not reasonable to expect this to be true .(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)
These societies can expect to face difficult times .
The United_States can help by communicating a genuine concern with the problems these countries face and a readiness to provide technical and other appropriate forms of assistance where possible .
Our central goal should be to provide the greatest positive incentive for these societies to tackle boldly the tasks which they face .
[ verb ] oppose, as in hostility or a competition
"You must confront your opponent" "Jackson faced Smith in the boxing ring" "The two enemies finally confronted each other"
Used in print(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans],...)
The Gov._Jimmie_H._Davis administration appears to face a difficult year in 1961 , with the governor 's theme of peace and harmony subjected to severe stresses .
If the administration does not succeed in passing the sales_tax bill , or any other tax_bill , it could very_well be faced this spring at the fiscal session of the Legislature with an interesting dilemma .(The Oregonian, [Portland],...)
The wife of convicted bank robber Lawrence_G._Huntley was arrested in Phoenix , Ariz. , last week and will be returned to Portland to face charges of assault and robbery , Portland detectives said Friday .(The Dallas Morning News,...)
But today many_of those men are reaching retirement age and suddenly realizing that they face an estate_tax problem with their closely held companies and also that they have no second-echelon management in their firms .("National Affairs"...)
The liberals , smelling blood , were faced with the necessity of winning three big votes - in the Democratic Committee on Committees , in the full party caucus , and on the floor of the House - before they could oust Colmer .
[ noun ] the expression on a person's face
"a sad expression" "a look of triumph" "an angry face"
Used in print(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)
You think somebody is going_to stand_up in the audience and make guilty faces ?
[ noun ] the general outward appearance of something
"the face of the city is changing"
Used in print(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)
I hear the boot of Lucifer , I see his filthy face '' !(Christopher Davis, First Family....)
He looked at his son , his face worried .(Tristram Coffin, Not to the Swift....)
Lawrence listened with the practiced , deceptive calm of the lawyer , but his face was in the shadow .(Louis Zara, Dark Rider....)
The clock which had struck presented an innocent face .(Bruce Palmer, "My Brother's Keeper", Many Are...)
Watson stared into a cadaverous face .
[ verb ] face 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"
Used in print(The Christian Science Monitor,...)
Only_too often , however , you have the feeling that you are sitting in a room with some of the instruments lined_up on one wall to your left and others facing them on the wall to your right .(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)
Below in the open bay facing Manhattan was Staten_Island , gritty with clam_shells and mud_flats behind which nested farms , cattle barns , and berry thickets .(Frieda Arkin, "The Light of the Sea," in The...)
Here , too , she talked low , quirking her head at one or another of the places , most often at Izaak 's armchair which faced her across the long table .(E. Lucas Myers, "The Vindication of Dr. Nestor,"...)
Alex suppressed those expressions of relief which offered to prevail in his face and escape from his throat ; unwarranted they were in_any_case for , as he stood facing the fille_de_chambre , his ears were assailed by new sounds from the interior of the shower_room .(Richard Ferber, Bitter Valley....)
He got_up slowly , and she was already on her feet , and he stood facing her .
[ verb ] be oriented in a certain direction
"The house looks out on a tennis court" "The apartment overlooks the Hudson"
Used in print("Editorials"...)
In 1899 , Parliament erected a statue to Cromwell in Westminster , facing Whitehall and there , presumably , he still stands .(Jay C. Harris and John R. Van Wazer, "Detergent...)
( 3 ) For anionics , these micelles appear to be roughly spherical assemblages in which the hydrocarbon tails come together so that the polar groups ( the ionized ends ) face outward towards the aqueous continuous phase .
[ noun ] the act of confronting bravely
"he hated facing the facts" "he excelled in the face of danger"
Used in print(Booton Herndon, "From Custer to Korea, The 7th Cavalry"...)
He went_down like a wet rag and the attackers hit_the_dirt in the face of the withering enemy fire .(Kenneth Reiner, "Coping with Runaway Technology"...)
We are tempted to blame others for our problems rather than look them straight in the face and realize they are of_our_own making and possible of solution only by ourselves with the help of desperately needed , enlightened , competent leaders .(87th Congress, 1st Session. Congressional Record....)
Then , abandoning the studies in the face of their promising outlook for all concerned , B. + O. entered on-again-off-again negotiations with C. + O. which resulted in the present situation .(Harry Olesker, Impact....)
But Blanche had been able to maintain a serene and assured composure in the face of her widowed mother 's continued carping , had been able to resist her urgings to date anyone who offered the slightest possibility of matrimony .
[ noun ] the striking or working surface of an implement
Used in print(Harry H. Hull, "The Normal Forces and Their Ther...)
A tape of cellulose_acetate is pulled between the blocks and the tape pulls the fluid or paste with it between the parallel faces of the blocks .
The face of one block contained a hole 1 16 '' in diameter which led to a manometer for the measurement of the normal pressure .
The concept of the strain energy as a Gibbs function difference * * f and exerting a force normal to the shearing face is compatible with the information obtained from optical birefringence studies of fluids undergoing shear .
From this and the force of deformation it should be possible to calculate the elastic energy of deformation which should be equal to the * * f calculated from the pressure normal to the shearing face .
[ verb ] turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction
"Turn and face your partner now"
Used in print(Richard S. Prather, "The Bawdy Beautiful," Cavalier...)
I guided her to the divan , turned_off the TV , faced her .
[ verb ] be opposite
"the facing page" "the two sofas face each other"
Used in print(Edwin Booth, Outlaw Town....)
When several minutes had passed and Curt had n't emerged from the livery_stable , Brenner re-entered the hotel and faced Summers across the counter .(Samuel Elkin, "The Ball Player," Nugget, 6: 5...)
Mike_Deegan was standing beside it , facing the field .
[ verb ] 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"
Used in print(The Providence Journal BR-B16. Chicago Daily Tribune...)
The Providence_Journal editorial ( Jan. 25 ) entitled `` East_Greenwich Faces a Housing_Development Problem '' points to a dilemma that faces communities such_as ours .(Booth Hemingway and Stuart H. Brown,...)
If your pool is located on or near sloping ground , it may have natural drainage which is certainly more desirable than to be faced with the annual expense and labor of first pumping out the water and_then scooping_out all the debris .(Jim Harmon, "The Planet with No Nightmare," If,...)
There was no reason to leave the comfortable quarters inside the ship , except that , faced with a possibility of sleeping on solid_ground , they simply had_to get_out .
[ noun ] (synecdoche) a part of a person that is used to refer to a person
"he looked out at a roomful of faces" "when he returned to work he met many new faces"
Used in print(Alex Gordon, The Cipher....)
From this side he could see farther into the legation 's third story window , but he saw no faces ; the room 's occupants were still seated or they had been called into the hallway by an alarmed police_captain .(Morley Callaghan, A Passion in Rome....)
Jobs would be lost and new faces would become prominent .
[ noun ] (zoology) the part of an animal corresponding to the human face
Used in print(Edwin Booth, Outlaw Town....)
Turning his back , Curt crossed to the stall , reached over to untie the buckskin 's halter rope , and waved his hand in the animal 's face .
[ noun ] status in the eyes of others
"he lost face"
[ verb ] turn so as to expose the face
"face a playing card"