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FACE, noun [Latin , to make.]

1. In a general sense, the surface of a thing, or the side which presents itself to the view of a spectator; as the face of the earth; the face of the waters.

2. A part of the surface of a thing; or the plane surface of a solid. Thus, a cube or die has six faces an octahedron has eight faces.

3. The surface of the fore part of an animals head, particularly of the human head; the visage.

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread. Genesis 3:19.

Joseph bowed himself with his face to the earth. Genesis 48:11.

4. Countenance; cast of features; look; air of the face

We set the best face on it we could.

5. The front of a thing; the forepart; the flat surface that presents itself first to view; as the face of a house. Ezekiel 41:14.

6. Visible state; appearance.

This would produce a new face of things in Europe.

7. Appearance; look.

Nor heaven, nor sea, their former face retained.

His dialogue has the face of probability.

8. State of confrontation. The witnesses were presented face to face

9. Confidence; boldness; impudence; a bold front.

He has the face to charge others with false citations.

10. Presence; sight; as in the phrases, before the face in the face to the face from the face

11. The person.

I had not thought to see thy face Genesis 48:11.

12. In scripture, face is used for anger or favor.

Hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne. Revelations 6.

Make thy face to shine on thy servant. Psalms 31:16.

How long wilt thou hide thy face from me? Psalms 13:1.

Hence, to seek the face that is, to pray to, to seek the favor of.

To set the face against, is to oppose.

To accept ones face is to show him favor or grant his request. So, to entreat the face is to ask favor; but these phrases are nearly obsolete.

13. A distorted form of the face; as in the phrase, to make faces, or to make wry faces.

FACE to face

1. When both parties are present; as, to have accusers face to face Acts 25:16.

2. Nakedly; without the interposition of any other body.

Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face 1 Corinthians 13:12.

FACE, verb transitive

1. To meet in front; to oppose with firmness; to resist, or to meet for the purpose of stopping or opposing; as, to face an enemy in the field of battle.

I'll face this tempest, and deserve the name of king.

2. To stand opposite to; to stand with the face or front towards. The colleges in New Haven face the public square.

3. To cover with additional superficies; to cover in front; as a fortification faced with marble; to face a garment with silk.

To face down, to oppose boldly or impudently.

FACE, verb intransitive

1. To carry a false appearance; to play the hypocrite.

To lie, to face to forge.

2. To turn the face; as, to face to the right or left.