What's faces by which a solid figure is named?

Fifth Grade Math question.

What is Faces by which solid figure is named.  I think the answer is bases, but why?
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ozoCommented:
I'm not sure what you are asking here:
"What's faces by which a solid figure is named?"
Could you try phrasing it a different way?  perhaps with examples?
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aburrCommented:
The higher regular solids are named by the number of flat surfaces out of which they are made.
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ozoCommented:
but some hexahedrons are more commonly known as cubes..

are you asking for the meaning of the word "face"?
http://mathwords.com/f/face_of_a_polyhedron.htm
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TalmashCommented:
since he wrote it's a 5th grade math:

I think you are asking about conic shapes:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conic_section

parabola , circle , ellipse , hyperbola.
in the picture, 2 crossections are missing : "dot and line"
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naseeamAuthor Commented:
This is a 5th Grade crossword puzzel on solid shapes.  I myself don't know what they are asking.  The information I have is as follows:

"Faces by which solid figure is named".  The answer is five letters and third letter letter is an 's'.

Maybe I should rescind this question.  
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Infinity08Commented:
>> "Faces by which solid figure is named"

Is this a translation ? Or is this literal English ?
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aburrCommented:
use bases then and see if it works out.  That word is at least close enough for crossword puzzle use.
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naseeamAuthor Commented:
literal English
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Infinity08Commented:
>> literal English

I was asking because "Faces by which solid figure is named" doesn't make a lot of sense to me (with the caveat that I'm not a native English speaker).
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ozoCommented:
I'm trying to find an interpretation of that phrase that makes sense.
A pyramid could be named for its base: square pyramid, pentagonal pyramid, ...
but if that's what was meant, it's such an awkward way to say that it seems very confusing, especially for fifth graders.
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ozoCommented:
On the other hand, I found this
http://www.harcourtschool.com/glossary/math_advantage/definitions/base.html
which I think is a pretty poor description to begin with, but if someone copied from it without understanding it, I could see how they might give "Faces by which solid figure is named" as a clue for "bases"
It might make a little more sense to say something like "face from which the height of a solid figure is measured"
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Infinity08Commented:
That's a stretch, but you're probably right ... Nice detective work ;)
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naseeamAuthor Commented:
Amazing work.  Expert was persistent at providing solution to a poor described question.
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ozoCommented:
It is very sad to see fifth graders taught rote pattern matching instead of understanding.

All your base are belong to us.
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Infinity08Commented:
heh ... Too true :)
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