Definition of fascia in English:



  • 1British A wooden board or other flat piece of material such as that covering the ends of rafters.

    • ‘The town's Maori heritage remains evident everywhere, from the carved fascia boards of ceremonial marae meeting houses to the war canoes and ubiquitous tiki figures.’
    • ‘We can also overclad existing fascia's and soffits.’
    • ‘They have double glazed hardwood windows and black aluminum fascia and PVC soffits.’
    • ‘To face one end of the bench, they cut short vertical strips with beveled edges from the fascia board; the other end they wrapped with fascia board.’
    • ‘For a more finished look, frame the lattice all around with 1x3 redwood fascia.’
    • ‘There will be part dry-dashing or re-plastering of front facades, fascias and soffits and new stone front walls.’
    • ‘Roofs and fascias are of standard ribbed metal sheeting.’
    • ‘The lead was dressed over the top of the fascia boards and, on the inside, it was dressed over the wall plate and the lower part of each rafter.’
    • ‘The bags contained screws, tape, fascia board and various bits of plastic.’
    • ‘Those early buildings of the race course still exist too, in red brick, with white fascias and red tile roofs, with long verandas set under luxuriant oak trees and manicured gardens.’
    • ‘Matching fascias and soffits add to the quality appearance.’
    • ‘The two bogus window fitters persuaded the woman that she needed a new fascia board on her window.’
    • ‘If you click on the link for this photo, have a look for the large building near the top of the hill with the blue fascia around the top.’
    • ‘Measure 1-inch down from the top of the fascia at both ends and slope the gutters at 1/4 inch every 10 feet toward the downspout in the middle.’
    • ‘Homeowners often use hosepipes to rid their walls, soffits and facias of nests and they should be aware it is a criminal offence to damage nests, eggs or chicks in this way.’
    • ‘If there's too much roof overhang, pad out the gutter with wood blocks on the fascia; if there's too little, extend the drip edge.’
    • ‘We used beautiful recycled redwood for barge rafters, fascia boards and decking.’
    • ‘Graham grunted as he stretched hard to reach the fascia boarding at the top of the house.’
    • ‘The fascia board and clerestory strips were attached.’
    1. 1.1A covering, typically a detachable one, for the front part of a mobile phone.
      • ‘Brighten up and refresh your mobile phone with a new fascia, cover or housing.’
      • ‘Sadly and finally, after being dropped about fifty times, my clunky but much-admired mobile phone fascia has finally given up the ghost.’
      • ‘The T6 screw driver is required to change phone fascia covers and housings for most Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Siemens and many more mobile phones.’
      • ‘This fascia attaches to a normal phone (different versions for each model, of course), and it automatically changes colour to fit your outfit, mood and preference.’
    2. 1.2(in classical architecture) a long flat surface between moldings on an architrave.
      • ‘A crown molding added on top of the facia will dress up the facia but should be attached so it will line up smoothly with the slope of the roof.’
      • ‘Inside, too, the dramatic swoops and swirls of the present model's fascia have been replaced by a more restrained architecture.’
      • ‘The London-based developer replaced floors, ceilings, fascia and décor in the former Corporation House which for years hosted hundreds of British Telecom staff and civil servants.’
    3. 1.3The dashboard of a motor vehicle.
      • ‘There are also new designs to the analogue speedometer and tachometer, together with digital clock and outside temperature gauge built into the fascia above the centre console.’
      • ‘Then, in 1994, she returned to the sharp end of the business as production manager when RIMIR changed from producing fascias and trim to airbags and seatbelts.’
      • ‘So inside we find clean, simple straight lines and circles, a sporty-looking three-dial instrument pack and an interesting grid-pattern finish for the soft-touch fascia.’
      • ‘Thankfully, the latest breed of electronic tachographs are much easier to fit into the facias of such vehicles than the older style units were.’
      • ‘There are changes to the interior too, including a new fascia, revised instrumentation and a trip computer.’
      • ‘Inside, we find the fabric facia covering and round eyeball vents necessary for the Smart identity, plus an optional, removable bag where you would normally expect to find a glovebox.’
      • ‘Inside, there are lots of cubbyholes and larger storage areas, and the fascia controls for heating, audio system and security are nice and large.’
      • ‘The concept car features aluminium, red leather on the fascia panel and, for the seat cushions, a finely perforated leather.’
      • ‘Other innovations have been added to make the vehicle more practical, including a paper holder on the fascia.’
      • ‘Primary parts include fascias, rocker panel skirts, crash pads, instrument panels, glove boxes and center consoles.’
      • ‘A compartment on the fascia panel in place of the ashtray can store cassettes, CDs or a mobile phone.’
      • ‘The interior has been completely revamped, and the flat dash is replaced by a curved fascia with better switchgear.’
      • ‘As always with Mercedes-Benz, interior materials are of high quality, the leather seating matching the veneers and fascia materials.’
      • ‘Cloths and trim shades also differ, as do the facia and instrument panel.’
      • ‘The facia mounted gearlever is a brilliant, if unusual, way of putting a short stick inches from the driver's hands.’
      • ‘But Fiat is the first to offer it in a mass-market hatchback, to remove it from the walnut fascia and poke it into a hole in the traditional matt plastic.’
      • ‘Inside, there are changes to the design of the fascia and controls, as well as new materials and fabrics.’
      • ‘The steel unibody has fascias made of recyclable TSOP plastic.’
      • ‘The interior changes include revised facia, switches, dashboard and centre console.’
      • ‘Mounted on the fascia and not the floor, its slickness gives a whole new meaning to the term ease of drive.’
  • 2Anatomy
    A thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle or other organ.

    • ‘The irregular type is found in the dermis of the skin, deep fascia surrounding and defining muscles, capsules of organs, and nerve sheaths.’
    • ‘After careful dissection through the subcutaneous tissue and the fascia, a small incision was made at the peritoneum.’
    • ‘This area, which included fascia, muscle, and subcutaneous tissue, was debrided until viable margins were obtained.’
    • ‘It's a direct attachment of muscle and fascia and ligament.’
    • ‘The incision is extended through the subcutaneous layers, fascia, and muscle.’
    covering, cover, case, casing, envelope, sleeve, wrapper
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Mid 16th century: from Latin, band, doorframe related to fasces. Compare with fess.