Face vs Handle - What's the difference?

face | handle |

As verbs the difference between face and handle

is that face is while handle is to use the hands.

As a noun handle is

a part of an object which is held in the hand when used or moved, as the haft of a sword, the knob of a door, the bail of a kettle, etc or handle can be (slang) a name, nickname or pseudonym.



(wikipedia face)


(en noun)
  • (lb) The front part of the head, featuring the eyes, nose, and mouth and the surrounding area.
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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces' were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's ' face ; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.}}
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=7 citation , passage=‘Children crawled over each other like little grey worms in the gutters,’ he said. ‘The only red things about them were their buttocks and they were raw. Their faces looked as if snails had slimed on them and their mothers were like great sick beasts whose byres had never been cleared.
  • One's facial expression.
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  • The public image; outward appearance.
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  • The frontal aspect of something.
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  • (lb) Presence; sight; front.
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  • *:The Bat—they called him the Bat. Like a bat he chose the night hours for his work of rapine; like a bat he struck and vanished, pouncingly, noiselessly; like a bat he never showed himself to the face of the day.
  • The directed force of something.
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  • Good reputation; standing in the eyes of others; dignity; prestige. (See'' lose face''', ' save face ).
  • Shameless confidence; boldness; effrontery.
  • *(John Tillotson) (1630-1694)
  • *:This is the man that has the face to charge others with false citations.
  • The width of a pulley, or the length of a cog from end to end.
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  • (lb) Any of the flat bounding surfaces of a polyhedron. More generally, any of the bounding pieces of a polytope of any dimension.
  • Any surface; especially a front or outer one.
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  • *(Bible), (w) ii.6:
  • *:A mistwatered the whole face of the ground.
  • *(Lord Byron) (1788-1824)
  • *:Lake Leman woos me with its crystal face .
  • The numbered dial of a clock or watch.
  • (lb) The mouth.
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  • (lb) Makeup; one's complete facial cosmetic application.
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  • Short for babyface. A wrestler whose on-ring persona is embodying heroic or virtuous traits. Contrast with heel.
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  • (lb) The front surface of a bat.
  • (lb) The part of a golf club that hits the ball.
  • (lb) The side of the card that shows its value (as opposed to the back side, which looks the same on all cards of the deck).
  • (lb) A typeface.
  • Mode of regard, whether favourable or unfavourable; favour or anger.
  • *(Bible), (w) vi.25:
  • *:The Lord make his face to shine upon thee.
  • *(Bible), (w) vii.22:
  • *:My face [favour] will I turn also from them.
  • (lb) An interface.
  • *2003 May 14, Bart Leeten, Kris Meukens, JSR127 JavaServer Faces , VERSIE, p.1/6:
  • *:For clarity reasons and to stress that JavaServer Faces is not only about ‘visual’ user interfaces, we propose to use the term ‘face ’, to express what for visual interfaces is typically named a ‘screen’.
  • The amount expressed on a bill, note, bond, etc., without any interest or discount; face value.
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  • Synonyms

    * (part of head) countenance, visage, phiz (obsolete), phizog (obsolete) * (facial expression) countenance, expression, facial expression, look, visage * (the front or outer surface) foreside * (public image) image, public image, reputation * (of a polyhedron) facet (different specialised meaning in mathematical use), surface (not in mathematical use) * cakehole, gob, mush, piehole, trap * good guy, hero * See also

    Derived terms

    * baby face * blackfaced * facebook * face down * faceless * facelet * face-off * face-saving * face that would stop a clock * face to face, face-to-face * face up * face value * fall on one's face * feed one's face * fill one's face * game face * hatchet-faced * in face of * in one's face * in the face of * just another pretty face * lose face * manface * not just a pretty face * pizza face * pull a face * put a good face on * ratface * rock face * save face * shit-faced * stare someone in the face * suck face * whitefaced


  • To position oneself or itself so as to have one's face closest to (something).
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  • *:Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. The clear light of the bright autumn morning had no terrors for youth and health like hers.
  • To have its front closest to, or in the direction of (something else).
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  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:He gained also with his forces that part of Britain which faces Ireland.
  • (lb) To cause (something) to turn or present a face or front, as in a particular direction.
  • (lb) To deal with (a difficult situation or person).
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  • *(John Dryden) (1631-1700)
  • *:I'll face / This tempest, and deserve the name of king.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-07, author=(Joseph Stiglitz)
  • , volume=188, issue=26, page=19, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Globalisation is about taxes too , passage=It is time the international community faced the reality: we have an unmanageable, unfair, distortionary global tax regime. It is a tax system that is pivotal in creating the increasing inequality that marks most advanced countries today […].}}
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-08, volume=407, issue=8839, page=55, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Obama goes troll-hunting , passage=According to this saga of intellectual-property misanthropy, these creatures [patent trolls] roam the business world, buying up patents and then using them to demand extravagant payouts from companies they accuse of infringing them. Often, their victims pay up rather than face the costs of a legal battle.}}
  • (lb) To have the front in a certain direction.
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  • (lb) To have as an opponent.
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  • , title= Bulgaria 0-3 England , passage=And a further boost to England's qualification prospects came after the final whistle when Wales recorded a 2-1 home win over group rivals Montenegro, who Capello's men face in their final qualifier.}}
  • To be the batsman on strike.
  • (lb) To confront impudently; to bully.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (c.1564–1616)
  • *:I will neither be faced nor braved.
  • To cover in front, for ornament, protection, etc.; to put a facing upon.
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  • To line near the edge, especially with a different material.
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  • To cover with better, or better appearing, material than the mass consists of, for purpose of deception, as the surface of a box of tea, a barrel of sugar, etc.
  • (lb) To make the surface of (anything) flat or smooth; to dress the face of (a stone, a casting, etc.); especially, in turning, to shape or smooth the flat surface of, as distinguished from the cylindrical surface.
  • Synonyms

    * * (have its front closest to) * (deal with) confront, deal with

    Derived terms

    * face down * face facts * face the music * face up to * in-your-face * in your face

    See also

    * (Face) * * * *




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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) handel, handle, from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A part of an object which is held in the hand when used or moved, as the haft of a sword, the knob of a door, the bail of a kettle, etc.
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  • That of which use is made; an instrument for effecting a purpose (either literally or figuratively); a tool.
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  • (Australia, New Zealand) A 10 fl oz (285 ml) glass of beer in the Northern Territory. See also pot, middy for other regional variations.
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  • (American) A half-gallon (1.75-liter) bottle of alcohol.
  • (computing) A reference to an object or structure that can be stored in a variable.
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  • (gambling) The gross amount of wagering within a given period of time or for a given event at one of more establishments.
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  • The daily handle of a Las Vegas casino is typically millions of dollars.
  • (geography, Newfoundland, and, Labrador, rare) A point, an extremity of land.
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  • (textiles) The tactile qualities of a fabric, e.g., softness, firmness, elasticity, fineness, resilience, and other qualities perceived by touch.
  • (topology) A topological space homeomorphic to a ball but viewed as a product of two lower-dimensional balls.
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  • Derived terms
    * give a handle * handlebar, handlebars * handlebody * handleless * handling * love handle

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) handlen, from (etyl) .


  • To use the hands.
  • * Psalm 115:7:
  • They [idols made of gold and silver] have hands, but they handle not
  • To touch; to feel with the hand.
  • * Luke 24:39:
  • Handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh.
  • To use or hold with the hand.
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  • About his altar, handling holy things
  • To manage in using, as a spade or a musket; to wield; often, to manage skillfully.
  • * Shakespeare, King Lear , IV-vi:
  • That fellow handles his bow like a crowkeeper
  • To accustom to the hand; to work upon, or take care of, with the hands.
  • * Sir W. Temple:
  • The hardness of the winters forces the breeders to house and handle their colts six months every year
  • To receive and transfer; to have pass through one's hands; hence, to buy and sell
  • a merchant handles a variety of goods, or a large stock
  • To deal with; to make a business of.
  • * Jeremiah, 2:8:
  • They that handle the law knew me not
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  • , year=2011 , date=December 16 , author=Denis Campbell , title=Hospital staff 'lack skills to cope with dementia patients' , work=Guardian citation , page= , passage=The findings emerged from questionnaires filled in by 2,211 staff in 145 wards of 55 hospitals in England and Wales and 105 observations of care of dementia patients. Two-thirds of staff said they had not had enough training to provide proper care, 50% said they had not been trained how to communicate properly with such patients and 54% had not been told how to handle challenging or aggressive behaviour.}}
  • To treat; to use, well or ill.
  • * Shakespeare, Henry VI , Part I, I-iv:
  • How wert thou handled being prisoner
  • To manage; to control; to practice skill upon.
  • * Shakespeare, Measure for Measure , V-i:
  • You shall see how I'll handle her
  • To use or manage in writing or speaking; to treat, as a theme, an argument, or an objection.
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  • We will handle what persons are apt to envy others
  • (soccer) To touch the ball with the hand or arm; to commit handball.
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  • , year=2011 , date=February 12 , author=Les Roopanarine , title=Birmingham 1 - 0 Stoke , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Robert Huth handled a Bentley shot, only for the offence to go unnoticed.}}
    * feel * finger * touch * deal * manage * treat
    Derived terms
    * to handle without gloves: (colloquial) See under glove * mishandle

    Etymology 3

    Originally Cornish-American, from (etyl) , later hanow (pronounced han'of'' or ''han'o ).


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  • (slang) A name, nickname or pseudonym.
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