What is face?

  • (noun): The side upon which the use of a thing depends (usually the most prominent surface of an object).
    Example: "He dealt the cards face down"
    See also — Additional definitions below


The face is a central sense organ complex, normally on the ventral surface of the head for animals that have one. It can, depending on the definition in the human case, include the hair, forehead, eyebrow, eyelashes, eyes, nose, ears, cheeks, mouth, lips, philtrum, temple, teeth, skin, and chin. The face has uses of expression, appearance, and identity amongst others. It also has different senses like olfaction, taste, hearing, and vision.

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Some articles on face:

Face - Biological Perspective
... that certain areas of the brain respond particularly well to faces ... The fusiform face area, within the fusiform gyrus, is activated by faces, and it is activated differently for shy and social people ... Furthermore, particular areas respond more to a face that is considered attractive, as seen in another study "Facial beauty evokes a widely distributed neural network involving perceptual, decision-maki ...
... A face-off (or faceoff) is the method used to begin play in ice hockey and some other sports ... The linesmen are responsible for all other face-offs ...
Dance (Gary Numan album) - Track Listing
403 "Moral" – 433 "Stormtrooper in Drag"* (with Paul Gardiner) – 459 "Face to Face"* (with Dramatis, the members of Numan's former backing band) – 346 "Dance"* – 245 "Exhibition ... The track was subsequently replaced by its B-side, "Face to Face", for the subsequent edition of Dance, although it would be included on the 1996 Numan compilation, Premier Hits ...
Cosmetics - Makeup Types
... Face Primer, Come in various formulas to suit individual skin concerns ... Some formulations are meant only for the eye or only for the face ... Foundation, used to smooth out the face and cover spots or uneven skin coloration ...
24-cell Honeycomb - Configuration
... It has no neighbors with which it shares only an edge or only a face ... Finally, the face figure is a triangle, so there are 3 octahedra and 3 24-cells meeting at every face ...

More definitions of "face":

  • (verb): Turn so as to face; turn the face in a certain direction.
    Example: "Turn and face your partner now"
  • (noun): The act of confronting bravely.
    Example: "He hated facing the facts"; "he excelled in the face of danger"
    Synonyms: facing
  • (noun): A surface forming part of the outside of an object.
    Example: "Dew dripped from the face of the leaf"
    Synonyms: side
  • (verb): Oppose, as in hostility or a competition.
    Synonyms: confront
  • (verb): Line the edge (of a garment) with a different material.
    Example: "Face the lapels of the jacket"
  • (verb): Cover the front or surface of.
    Example: "The building was faced with beautiful stones"
  • (noun): A specific size and style of type within a type family.
    Synonyms: font, fount, typeface
  • (noun): A part of a person that is used to refer to a person.
    Example: "He looked out at a roomful of faces"; "when he returned to work he met many new faces"
  • (noun): A contorted facial expression.
    Synonyms: grimace
  • (noun): A vertical surface of a building or cliff.
  • (noun): The part of an animal corresponding to the human face.
  • (verb): Deal with (something unpleasant) head on.
    Synonyms: confront, face up
  • (verb): Be oriented in a certain direction, often with respect to another reference point; be opposite to.
    Synonyms: front, look
  • (noun): The front of the human head from the forehead to the chin and ear to ear.
    Example: "He washed his face"; "I wish I had seen the look on his face when he got the news"
    Synonyms: human face
  • (noun): The striking or working surface of an implement.
  • (noun): Status in the eyes of others.
    Example: "He lost face"
  • (noun): The general outward appearance of something.
    Example: "The face of the city is changing"
  • (verb): Present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize.
    Synonyms: confront, present
  • (verb): Turn so as to expose the face.
    Example: "Face a playing card"
  • (verb): Be opposite.
    Example: "The facing page"; "the two sofas face each other"

Famous quotes containing the word face:

    Though your face is charming, it’s the wrong face.
    Cole Porter (1893–1964)

    An isolated outbreak of virginity ... is a rash on the face of society. It arouses only pity from the married, and embarrassment from the single.
    Charlotte Bingham (b. 1942)

    My eye-balls are glass,
    my limbs marble,
    my face fixed
    in its marble mask.
    Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961)