Facet definition

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Any of a number of sides or aspects, as of a personality.
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One of the flat polished surfaces cut on a gemstone or occurring naturally on a crystal.
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(biology) One of the lenslike visual units of a compound eye, as of an insect.
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(anatomy) A small, smooth, flat surface, as on a bone or tooth.
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The definition of a facet is a small, polished surface of a cut gem or a side or aspect of something.

An example of facet is the side of an emerald.

An example of facet is one of the causes of a war.

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One of numerous aspects, as of a subject.
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Any of the small, polished plane surfaces of a cut gem.
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(archit.) The raised plane between the flutes of a column.
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(zool.) The outer surface of an ommatidium of a compound eye, as in many insects and crustaceans.
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To cut or make facets on.
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(anatomy) A small, smooth, flat surface, as on a bone or tooth.
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Any one of the flat surfaces cut into a gem.

This facet of the diamond was masterfully cut to enhance its value.

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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.

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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.

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(anatomy) One member of a compound eye, as found in insects and crustaceans.
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(anatomy) A smooth circumscribed surface.

The articular facet of a bone.

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(architecture) The narrow plane surface between flutings of a column.
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(mathematics) A face of codimension 1 of a polytope.
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To cut a facet into a gemstone.
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(anat.) Any small, smooth surface on a bone or other hard part.
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(biology) One of the lenslike visual units of a compound eye, as of an insect.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of facet - facette

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
facet
Plural:
facets

Origin of facet

  • French facette from Old French diminutive of face face face

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary