Pronunciation: (fash'ē-u for 1, 3–5; fā'shu for 2), [key]
pl. fas•ci•aePronunciation: (fash'ē-ē") [key] for 1, 3–5; fas•ciasPronunciation: (fā'shuz) [key] for 2.

1. a band or fillet, as for binding the hair.
2. Also called fas'cia board". facia.
3. Archit.
a. any relatively broad, flat, horizontal surface, as the outer edge of a cornice, a stringcourse, etc.
b. any of a number of horizontal bands, usually three in number, each projecting beyond the one below to form the architrave in the Ionic, Corinthian, and Composite orders.
4. Anat., Zool.
a. a band or sheath of connective tissue investing, supporting, or binding together internal organs or parts of the body.
b. tissue of this kind.
5. Zool., Bot.a distinctly marked band of color.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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