Definition of face up (or upwards) in English:

face up (or upwards)

phrase

  • With the face or surface turned upwards to view.

    ‘place the panel face up before cutting’
    • ‘Let's start with cards on the table face upwards.’
    • ‘When doing this exercise, lie face up with your legs bent and feet flat on the floor.’
    • ‘We'd deal a hand each, put the rest of the deck between us, turn the top card on the deck face up, and begin.’
    • ‘Placing an object face upwards so as to be visible to a friend a hundred miles away would be to put it in the public sphere.’
    • ‘Announce the number of cards you wish to exchange aloud, when you lay them face down on the table.’