from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A method of starting play in ice hockey, lacrosse, and other games in which an official drops the puck or ball between two opposing players who contend for its control.
- n. A confrontation: "Marshall's face-off with Jefferson in Marbury v. Madison in 1803” ( Newsweek).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A confrontation or argument between two people or groups
- n. The start of play, when two players try to get control of the puck dropped by the referee
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hostile disagreement face-to-face
- n. (ice hockey) the method of starting play; a referee drops the puck between two opposing players
1889, face + off. (Wiktionary)