a covering in front, for ornament, protection, etc., as an outer layer of stone on a brick wall.
a lining applied to the edge of a garment for ornament or strengthening.
material turned outward or inward, as a cuff or hem.
facings, coverings of a different color applied on the collar, cuffs, or other parts of a military coat.

1350–1400; Middle English; see face, -ing1

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facing (ˈfeɪsɪŋ)
1.  a piece of material used esp to conceal the seam of a garment and prevent fraying
2.  (usually plural) a piece of additional cloth, esp in a different colour, on the collar, cuffs, etc, of the jacket of a military uniform, formerly used to denote the regiment
3.  an outer layer or coat of material applied to the surface of a wall
4.  marketing an area of retail shelf space

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Word Origin & History

late 13c., from O.Fr. face, from V.L. *facia, from L. facies "appearance, form, figure," and secondarily "visage, countenance;" probably related to facere "to make" (see factitious). Replaced O.E. andwlita. To face (v.) "confront" is first recorded mid-15c. Related: Faced.
Facing front or outer part of a wall, building, etc., is from 1823. To lose face (or save face), 1876, is said to be from Chinese tu lien; to face the music is theatrical. Face value was originally (1878) of bank notes, postage stamps, etc.
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Medical Dictionary

facing fac·ing (fā'sĭng)
A tooth-colored material used to hide the buccal or labial surface of a gold crown to give the outward appearance of a natural tooth.

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face   (fās)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A plane surface of a geometric solid. A cube has 6 faces; a dodecahedron, 12.

  2. Any of the surfaces of a rock or crystal.

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