Definition of face-centered in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfāsˌsen(t)ərd/ /ˈfeɪsˌsɛn(t)ərd/


  • Denoting a crystal structure in which there is an atom at each vertex and at the center of each face of the unit cell.

    Compare with body-centered

    ‘Pure nickel is ductile and tough because it possesses a face-centered cube crystal structure up to its melting point.’
    • ‘These so-called face-centered cubic close-packed structures are common in metals such as aluminum, rhodium, iridium, copper, silver, and gold.’
    • ‘Between 417°C and its melting point of 1493°C, cobalt has a face-centered cubic structure.’
    • ‘Most metals have either a body-centered cubic, face-centered cubic, or a hexagonal-close-packed structure.’
    • ‘The formal term for this orange-pile arrangement is a face-centered cubic lattice.’