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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
face value
▪ Super Bowl tickets with a face value of $300 are being sold for $2,000.
▪ Crooks typically sell the notes for 20 percent to 30 percent of their face value.
▪ In recent weeks at least six banks have sold all or part of their secured loans, for 61-65% of their face value.
▪ Neta accepted the explanation at face value.
▪ Taken at face value, the most natural meaning of this slogan is that the body has nothing to do with sin.
▪ They loiter outside the big match with fistfuls of grubby tickets priced at many times their face value.
▪ This is probably correct, but conventional medical wisdom need not be accepted entirely at face value.
▪ This type of bonus is not payable a face value until the policy become a claim.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
face value

Face \Face\ (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.

  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.

  3. (Mach.)

    1. The principal dressed surface of a plate, disk, or pulley; the principal flat surface of a part or object.

    2. That part of the acting surface of a cog in a cog wheel, which projects beyond the pitch line.

    3. 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.

  4. (Print.)

    1. The upper surface, or the character upon the surface, of a type, plate, etc.

    2. 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.

  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.
    --Gen. iii. 19.

  7. Cast of features; expression of countenance; look; air; appearance.

    We set the best faceon it we could.

  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; effrontery.

    This is the man that has the face to charge others with false citations.

  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. vi. 25.

    My face [favor] will I turn also from them.
    --Ezek. vii. 22.

  12. (Mining) The end or wall of the tunnel, drift, or excavation, at which work is progressing or was last done.

  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 face value. --McElrath. 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. Face ague (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. Face card, one of a pack of playing cards on which a human face is represented; the king, queen, or jack. Face cloth, a cloth laid over the face of a corpse. Face guard, 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. Face hammer, a hammer having a flat face. Face joint (Arch.), a joint in the face of a wall or other structure. Face mite (Zo["o]ll.), a small, elongated mite ( Demdex folliculorum), parasitic in the hair follicles of the face. Face mold, the templet or pattern by which carpenters, etc., outline the forms which are to be cut out from boards, sheet metal, etc. Face plate.

    1. (Turning) A plate attached to the spindle of a lathe, to which the work to be turned may be attached.

    2. A covering plate for an object, to receive wear or shock.

    3. A true plane for testing a dressed surface. --Knight. Face wheel. (Mach.)

      1. A crown wheel.

      2. A wheel whose disk face is adapted for grinding and polishing; a lap. face value the value written on a financial instrument; same as face[13]. Also used metaphorically, to mean apparent value; as, to take his statemnet at its face value. Cylinder 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.

        1. In the presence of each other; as, to bring the accuser and the accused face to face.

        2. Without the interposition of any body or substance. ``Now we see through a glass darkly; but then face to face.'' 1
          --Cor. xiii. 12.

      3. 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 disagreement.

face value

n. 1 The amount or value listed on a bill, note, stamp, etc.; the stated value or amount. 2 (context idiomatic English) No more or less than what is stated; a literal or direct meaning or interpretation.

face value
  1. n. the value of a security that is set by the company issuing it; unrelated to market value [syn: par value, nominal value]

  2. the apparent worth as opposed to the real worth

Face value

The face value is the value of a coin, stamp or paper money, as printed on the coin, stamp or bill itself by the minting authority. While the face value usually refers to the true value of the coin, stamp or bill in question (as with circulation coins) it can sometimes be largely symbolic, as is often the case with bullion coins. For example, a one troy ounce (31 g) American Gold Eagle bullion coin was worth and sold for about $1,200 USD during 2009 market prices and yet has a face value of only $50 USD.

Face Value (album)

Face Value is the debut solo studio album by English recording artist Phil Collins, released in February 1981 on the Virgin label internationally and Atlantic Records in North America. It was released in the UK 11 days after his 30th birthday. The album includes the hit single, " In the Air Tonight", whose dark mood was inspired by the fallout of Collins' first marriage with his wife Andrea. This album and Both Sides were reissued, with bonus tracks included, on 29 January 2016. The reissued version's cover art is taken in the same fashion as the original's, except it features a present-day Collins instead.

Face Value (play)

Face Value was a 1993 play by American playwright David Henry Hwang. It was to be the second Broadway production of the playwright's work, but it closed in previews on March 14, 1993. The production was scheduled to open at the Cort Theatre. It was directed by Jerry Zaks, with B. D. Wong, Jane Krakowski, Mark Linn-Baker, Mia Korf, and Gina Torres in the cast.

Its critical failure provided the inspiration for David Henry Hwang's Obie Award-winning play Yellow Face, which premiered in 2007 at the Mark Taper Forum and moved Off-Broadway to the Joseph Papp Public Theater.

The play has never been published.

Face value (disambiguation)

The face value of a coin, stamp, or bank note is the value printed on the object.

Face Value may also refer to:

  • Face Value (film), a 1918 film
  • Face Value (album), a 1981 album by Phil Collins
  • Face Value (book), an early 1980s compilation book by Jani Allan
  • Face Value (play), a 1993 play by David Henry Hwang
  • "Face Value", an episode of 2004 TV series Powers
  • Par value in finance and accounting
Face Value (book)

Face Value is a 1983 anthology of collected journalism by South African journalist Jani Allan. The book is compiled from selections of Allan's successful gossip and popular culture column Just Jani that appeared in the Sunday Times. She was voted "the most admired person in South Africa." in a Gallup poll commissioned by the newspaper. The book was published by Longstreet publishers in Cape Town and released in South Africa in 1983.

Face Value (film)

Face Value is a 1918 American silent drama film starring Mae Murray and directed by Robert Z. Leonard. It was released by Universal Film and produced by their second tier production unit Bluebird.

This film survives with a copy in the George Eastman House Motion Picture Collection.

Usage examples of "face value".

Harry, listening in silence, kept reminding himself that nothing the man said could be taken at face value.

They were more inclined to take him at face value as a perhaps unique example of advanced psychometric manipulation, and thus as an unusually interesting research subject.

It occurred to me that these must be holographic viral projections from an autonomous continuum that was somehow intersecting my own, and then I thought a more elegant explaination would be to take it at face value and realize that I had broken into an ecology of souls.

He is then requested to send immediately ten dollars--more or less-- for the ticket, perhaps ten or twenty more for additional charges, when the full face value of the prize will be forwarded promptly by express, check on New York, or in any other way the recipient may direct.

It would have been utterly simpleminded of any responsible man to accept such transparently ridiculous reasons at face value.

Whether it was Johnny's habit of never accepting anything at face value or Gonzo's ability to extract any information he needed at the drop of a cred piece, the two of them had survived every mission, despite some hairy encounters.

I was determined not to be, but now I wondered whether my refusal to judge her on face value was pushing me in the opposite direction.

It is surely far more reverent, as well as more scientifically sensible, to take the evidence at face value.

Instead, I see enormous acceptance at face value - and leading the witness and all sorts of suggestions.

Markezinis had no way of disproving that, and in fact he accepted it at face value.

However, during this process, there was always the real me, my essence, so to speak, that was the final arbitrary of whether to take them at face value, with a grain of salt, or to reject them entirely.

Only one man, it seems, was willing to take general relativity at face value, and while Einstein and other physicists were looking for ways of avoiding general relativity’.

Don't raise the face value-there is too good a chance that this will be noticed.

Morgan assured him without a second thought, and, while pleased, he accepted that at face value.

Honeker would have felt a bit better if the citizen rear admiral's grin had been a little less fierce, but he decided to accept Tourville's agreement at face value.