is the kind of facility acquired by long practice. Readiness marks the promptitude with which anything
is done. A merchant needs great facility in dispatching business; a banker, great expertness in casting
accounts; both need great readiness in passing from one employment to another. "The facility which
we get of doing things by a custom of doing, makes them often pass in us without our notice." Locke.
"The army was celebrated for the expertness and valor of the soldiers." "A readiness to obey the known
will of God is the surest means to enlighten the mind in respect to duty."
1. A covering in front, for ornament or other purpose; an exterior covering or sheathing; as, the facing of
an earthen slope, sea wall, etc. , to strengthen it or to protect or adorn the exposed surface.
2. A lining placed near the edge of a garment for ornament or protection.
3. (Arch.) The finishing of any face of a wall with material different from that of which it is chiefly composed,
or the coating or material so used.
4. (Founding) A powdered substance, as charcoal, bituminous coal, ect., applied to the face of a mold,
or mixed with the sand that forms it, to give a fine smooth surface to the casting.
5. (Mil.) (a) pl. The collar and cuffs of a military coat; commonly of a color different from that of
the coat. (b) The movement of soldiers by turning on their heels to the right, left, or about; chiefly in
Facing brick, front or pressed brick.
(Fa"cing*ly), adv. In a facing manner or position.
(Fa*cin"o*rous) a. [L. facinorous, from facinus deed, bad deed, from facere to make, do.]
Atrociously wicked. [Obs.] Jer. Taylor.
Fa*cin"o*rous*ness, n. [Obs.]
(Fac"ound) n. [F. faconde, L. facundia. See Facund.] Speech; eloquence. [Obs.]
Her facound eke full womanly and plain.Chaucer.
Facsimile telegraph, a telegraphic apparatus reproducing messages in autograph.
(Fac*sim"i*le) n.; pl. Facsimiles [L. fac simile make like; or an abbreviation of factum simile
made like; facere to make + similes like. See Fact, and Simile.] A copy of anything made, either so
as to be deceptive or so as to give every part and detail of the original; an exact copy or likeness.
(Fac*sim"i*le), v. t. To make a facsimile of.
(Fact) n. [L. factum, fr. facere to make or do. Cf. Feat, Affair, Benefit, Defect, Fashion, and -
1. A doing, making, or preparing. [Obs.]
A project for the fact and vendingB. Jonson.
Of a new kind of fucus, paint for ladies.
2. An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance.
What might instigate him to this devilish fact, I am not able to conjecture.Evelyn.
He who most excels in fact of arms.Milton.