Definition of fascia in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪʃɪə/
Pronunciation: /ˈfeɪʃə/
(also chiefly British facia except in sense 3)


1A board or other flat piece of material covering the ends of rafters or other fittings: a further piece of chipboard acts as a fascia to disguise the ceiling fixtures
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  • We used beautiful recycled redwood for barge rafters, fascia boards and decking.
  • 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.
  • 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.
1.1British A signboard on the upper part of a shopfront showing the name of the shop: the use of consistent graphics on shop fascias
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  • Peacock, which also operates under the Bon Marche and The Fragrance Shop fascias, said it plans to double its outlets to around 1, 400.
  • All of the illuminated fascias above the shops had been smashed.
  • Many retailers can enjoy great success simply because the fascia above their shops are valued by consumers.
1.2(In classical architecture) a long flat surface between mouldings on an architrave.
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  • Inside, too, the dramatic swoops and swirls of the present model's fascia have been replaced by a more restrained architecture.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.
  • 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.
2British The dashboard of a motor vehicle: the interior boasts a Mercedes-like fascia
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  • The steel unibody has fascias made of recyclable TSOP plastic.
  • Primary parts include fascias, rocker panel skirts, crash pads, instrument panels, glove boxes and center consoles.
  • Thankfully, the latest breed of electronic tachographs are much easier to fit into the facias of such vehicles than the older style units were.
2.1A board or panel of controls on any piece of equipment.
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  • It's fascinating to see these ideas developed in 1953, albeit expressed in the materials of the time: reinforced-concrete structures, light steel frames with fascias and panel walls.
  • The facade is bedecked with bright orange glass-cure-plastic panels, and the fascias, like many of the inner walls, are painted with colors rendered in aggressively uneven vertical stripes.
  • Particularly avoid those hyper-trendy slimline light switches that barely protrude from the fascia.
3ˈfaʃə (plural fasciae /ˈfaʃɪiː/) Anatomy A thin sheath of fibrous tissue enclosing a muscle or other organ: the diagnosis of Dupuytren’s contracture is usually very easy because the palmar fascia is obviously thickened
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  • After careful dissection through the subcutaneous tissue and the fascia, a small incision was made at the peritoneum.
  • The irregular type is found in the dermis of the skin, deep fascia surrounding and defining muscles, capsules of organs, and nerve sheaths.
  • This area, which included fascia, muscle, and subcutaneous tissue, was debrided until viable margins were obtained.
4A covering, typically a detachable one, for the front part of a mobile phone.
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  • Sadly and finally, after being dropped about fifty times, my clunky but much-admired mobile phone fascia has finally given up the ghost.
  • Brighten up and refresh your mobile phone with a new fascia, cover or housing.
  • 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.



sense 3.
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  • These impairments may include pain, loss of active and passive trunk range of motion, decreased rib mobility, muscle imbalances, and fascial restriction.
  • In summary, caution should be used when performing minimal-incision fascial releases because of the proximity of neurovascular structures.
  • Bacterial toxins and enzymes facilitate the spread of the bacteria through the skin, especially through the subcutaneous tissue and fascial planes.


Mid 16th century: from Latin, 'band, door frame', related to fasces. Compare with fess1.

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