Taxonomy of meanings for 面:

  • 面 miàn (OC: mens MC: miɛn) 彌箭切 去 廣韻:【向也前也説文作𡇢顔前也俗作靣彌箭切二 】
    • FACE
      • nface
      • nadVinstrumentto the face; face to face; with one's face, with one's facial epression; in the fact (suffer injury)
      • viactturn one's face
      • vtoNhave one's face turned towards, face N
      • n{PRED}post-Nhave the face of an N
      • face towards when moving>GO TO
        • viactturn about (with preceding adverb: 西面 "turn westwards"
        • vtoN.adVdirectionfacing (a direction) > V in the direction of
        • vtoNturn towards
        • so as to see and talk to>MEET
          • vtoNbe in the presence of as a servant, meet face to face (as a servant) 面於
        • grammaticalised: facing>DIRECTION
          • vi.post-Vface in the direction indicated by V
      • grammaticalised: spatial>BEFORE
        • grammaticalised: face to face>PERSONALLY
          • as expression of>FEELING
            • general>SIDE
              • nside
              • mathematical technical term>LINE
                • nabmathematical termCHEMLA 2003: the line which constitutes the side of a rectilinear surface or of a rectilinear solid. JZ 4.22 開平冪者方百之面十開立冪者方千之面十 "When one extracts the root of a surface quantified extension then the side of a square quantified at 100 is ten; when one extracts the root of a three-dimensional quantified extension then the side of a cube quantified at 1000 is ten." Another example: JZ 4.22 立方適等,求其一面也。"When the sides of a parallellipipede are exactly equal, look for one of its sides".
              • general>SURFACE
                • nabmathematical termCHEMLA 2003: one of the faces (i.e. of the external planes) defining a polyhedron.
              • locations around>PLACE
                • nrelative location SJ 四面皆楚歌
          • mathematical technical term>NUMBER
            • nabmathematical termCHEMLA 2003: square root