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Definition: To fly in the face of
(fl[imac]), v. i. [imp. Flew
(fl[=u]); p. p. Flown
(fl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Flying
.] [OE. fleen, fleen,
fleyen, flegen, AS. fle['o]gan; akin to D. vliegen, OHG.
fliogan, G. fliegen, Icel. flj[=u]ga, Sw. flyga, Dan. flyve,
Goth. us-flaugjan to cause to fly away, blow about, and perh.
to L. pluma feather, E. plume. [root]84. Cf. Fledge
1. To move in or pass through the air with wings, as a bird.
2. To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass
or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.
3. To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.
Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
--Job v. 7.
4. To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate
rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around;
Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy race.
The dark waves murmured as the ships flew on.
5. To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an
enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee
Fly, ere evil intercept thy flight. --Milton.
Whither shall I fly to escape their hands ? --Shak.
6. To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly
or swiftly; -- usually with a qualifying word; as, a door
flies open; a bomb flies apart.
To fly about
(Naut.), to change frequently in a short time;
-- said of the wind.
To fly around
, to move about in haste. [Colloq.]
To fly at
, to spring toward; to rush on; to attack
To fly in the face of
, to insult; to assail; to set at
defiance; to oppose with violence; to act in direct
opposition to; to resist.
To fly off
, to separate, or become detached suddenly; to
To fly on
, to attack.
To fly open
, to open suddenly, or with violence.
To fly out
(a) To rush out.
(b) To burst into a passion; to break out into license.
To let fly
(a) To throw or drive with violence; to discharge. “A man
lets fly his arrow without taking any aim.”
(b) (Naut.) To let go suddenly and entirely; as, to let
fly the sheets.
(f[=a]s), n. [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
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.
2. That part of a body, having several sides, which may be
seen from one point, or which is presented toward a
certain direction; one of the bounding planes of a solid;
as, a cube has six faces.
(a) The principal dressed surface of a plate, disk, or
pulley; the principal flat surface of a part or
(b) That part of the acting surface of a cog in a cog
wheel, which projects beyond the pitch line.
(c) The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end
to end; as, a pulley or cog wheel of ten inches face.
(a) The upper surface, or the character upon the surface,
of a type, plate, etc.
(b) The style or cut of a type or font of type.
5. Outside appearance; surface show; look; external aspect,
whether natural, assumed, or acquired.
To set a face upon their own malignant design.
This would produce a new face of things in Europe.
We wear a face of joy, because
We have been glad of yore. --Wordsworth.
6. That part of the head, esp. of man, in which the eyes,
cheeks, nose, and mouth are situated; visage; countenance.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.
7. Cast of features; expression of countenance; look; air;
We set the best faceon it we could. --Dryden.
8. (Astrol.) Ten degrees in extent of a sign of the zodiac.
9. Maintenance of the countenance free from abashment or
confusion; confidence; boldness; shamelessness;
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 presence of.
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.
My face [favor] will I turn also from them. --Ezek.
12. (Mining) The end or wall of the tunnel, drift, or
excavation, at which work is progressing or was last
13. (Com.) The exact amount expressed on a bill, note, bond,
or other mercantile paper, without any addition for
interest or reduction for discount; most commonly called
Note: Face is used either adjectively or as part of a
compound; as, face guard or face-guard; face cloth;
face plan or face-plan; face hammer.
(Med.), a form of neuralgia, characterized by
acute lancinating pains returning at intervals, and by
twinges in certain parts of the face, producing convulsive
twitches in the corresponding muscles; -- called also tic douloureux
, one of a pack of playing cards on which a human
face is represented; the king, queen, or jack.
, a cloth laid over the face of a corpse.
, a mask with windows for the eyes, worn by
workman exposed to great heat, or to flying particles of
metal, stone, etc., as in glass works, foundries, etc.
, a hammer having a flat face.
(Arch.), a joint in the face of a wall or other
(Zo["o]ll.), a small, elongated mite (Demdex folliculorum
), parasitic in the hair follicles of the
, the templet or pattern by which carpenters,
etc., outline the forms which are to be cut out from
boards, sheet metal, etc.
(a) (Turning) A plate attached to the spindle of a lathe,
to which the work to be turned may be attached.
(b) A covering plate for an object, to receive wear or
(c) A true plane for testing a dressed surface. --Knight.
(a) A crown wheel.
(b) A wheel whose disk face is adapted for grinding and
polishing; a lap.
the value written on a financial instrument;
same as face
. Also used metaphorically, to mean
apparent value; as, to take his statemnet at its face
(Steam Engine), the flat part of a steam
cylinder on which a slide valve moves.
Face of an anvil
, its flat upper surface.
Face of a bastion
(Fort.), the part between the salient and
the shoulder angle.
Face of coal
(Mining), the principal cleavage plane, at
right angles to the stratification.
Face of a gun
, the surface of metal at the muzzle.
Face of a place
(Fort.), the front comprehended between the
flanked angles of two neighboring bastions. --Wilhelm.
Face of a square
(Mil.), one of 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
(a) In the presence of each other; as, to bring the
accuser and the accused face to face.
(b) Without the interposition of any body or substance.
“Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to
1 --Cor. xiii. 12.
(c) 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; -- often expressing dislike, annoyance, or