A gem with many facets.
- An example of facet is the side of an emerald.
- An example of facet is one of the causes of a war.
- any of the small, polished plane surfaces of a cut gem
- any of a number of sides or aspects, as of a personality
- Anat. any small, smooth surface on a bone or other hard part
- Archit. the raised plane between the flutes of a column
- Zool. the outer surface of an ommatidium of a compound eye, as in many insects and crustaceans
Origin of facetFrench facette, diminutive of face, face
- One of the flat polished surfaces cut on a gemstone or occurring naturally on a crystal.
- Anatomy A small, smooth, flat surface, as on a bone or tooth.
- Biology One of the lenslike visual units of a compound eye, as of an insect.
- One of numerous aspects, as of a subject.
Origin of facetFrench facette, from Old French, diminutive of face, face; see face.
- fac′et·ed, fac′et·ted
- Any one of the flat surfaces cut into a gem.
- This facet of the diamond was masterfully cut to enhance its value.
- One among many similar or related, yet still distinct things.
- The child's learning disability was only one facet of the problems contributing to his delinquency.
- One of a series of things, such as steps in a project.
- We had just about completed the research facet of the project when the order came to cancel it.
- (anatomy) One member of a compound eye, as found in insects and crustaceans.
- (anatomy) A smooth circumscribed surface.
- the articular facet of a bone
- (architecture) The narrow plane surface between flutings of a column.
- (mathematics) A face of codimension 1 of a polytope.
(third-person singular simple present facets, present participle faceting or facetting, simple past and past participle faceted or facetted)
- Faceting and faceted are more common in the US. Facetting and facetted are more common in the UK.