1. The exterior form or appearance of anything; that part which presents itself to the view; especially, the front or upper part or surface; that which particularly offers itself to the view of a spectator. A mist . . . Watered the whole face of the ground. (gen. Ii. 6) Lake leman wooes me with its crystal face. (Byron)
3. (Science: machinery) The principal dressed surface of a plate, disk, or pulley; the principal flat surface of a part or object. That part of the acting surface of a cog in a cog wheel, which projects beyond the pitch line.
5. Outside appearance; surface show; look; external aspect, whether natural, assumed, or acquired. To set a face upon their own malignant design. (Milton) This would produce a new face of things in Europe. (Addison) We wear a face of joy, because We have been glad of yore. (Wordsworth)
9. Maintenance of the countenance free from abashment or confusion; confidence; boldness; shamelessness; effrontery. This is the man that has the face to charge others with false citations. (Tillotson)
10. Presence; sight; front; as in the phrases, before the face of, in the immediate presence of; in the face of, before, in, or against the front of; as, to fly in the face of danger; to the face of, directly to; from the face of, from the presenceof.
11. Mode of regard, whether favorable or unfavorable; favor or anger; mostly in Scriptural phrases. The lord make his face to shine upon thee. (Num. Vi. 25) My face [favor] will i turn also from them. (Ezek. Vii. 22)
the sides of a battalion when formed in a square. Face of a watch, clock, compass, card etc, the dial or graduated surface on which a pointer indicates the time of day, point of the compass, etc. Face to face. in the presence of each other; as, to bring the accuser and the accused face to face. Without the interposition of any body or substance. Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face. 1 . With the faces or finished surfaces turned inward or toward one another; vis a vis; opposed to back to back. to fly in the face of, to defy; to brave; to withstand. to make a face, to distort the countenance; to make a grimace.
Origin: f, from L. Facies form, shape, face, perh. From facere = to make (see Fact); or perh. Orig. Meaning appearance, and from a root meaning to shine, and akin to E. Fancy. Cf. Facetious. The expression on a persons face; a sad expression; a look of triumph; an angry face.