- one of the small, polished plane surfaces of a cut gem.
- a similar surface cut on a fragment of rock by the action of water, windblown sand, etc.
- aspect; phase: They carefully examined every facet of the argument.
- Architecture. any of the faces of a column cut in a polygonal form.
- Zoology. one of the corneal lenses of a compound arthropod eye.
- Anatomy. a small, smooth, flat area on a hard surface, especially on a bone.
- Dentistry. a small, highly burnished area, usually on the enamel surface of a tooth, produced by abrasion between opposing teeth in chewing.
- to cut facets on.
Origin of facet
Examples from the Web for facet
Every facet of his identity, taken alone, seemed at war with every other part of him.The Sydney Astrologer Turned Islamic Radical
December 16, 2014
That reality taints every facet of our existence, in Ferguson and beyond.It's Not Just Teens Like Michael Brown—Even Small Black Children Are Suspect
August 20, 2014
The thing that set Brown apart, however, is his command over every facet of his show.‘Get On Up’ Star Chadwick Boseman on Becoming James Brown—With A Little Help From Mick Jagger
August 4, 2014
A reader senses both storyteller and critic fighting for full expression on the page, one facet overlaying the other.Novelist D. Foy Dubs His Debut ‘Gutter Opera’ And Who Are We To Argue?
May 12, 2014
Then LaPierre went on to blame every other facet of our culture for the problem.All I Want for Christmas Is a New GOP
December 24, 2012
They were on a facet of the hill not quite so advantageous as others.The Long Roll
The opercular has a facet for articulation with the hyomandibular.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
In the larger and older jewels every facet may stand for a bloody deed.Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
A. Conan Doyle
Every facet of the sprawling IC operation was being checked.Insidekick
Jesse Franklin Bone
Besides, this was a facet of Budapest life he had yet to investigate.Frigid Fracas
Dallas McCord Reynolds
- any of the surfaces of a cut gemstone
- an aspect or phase, as of a subject or personality
- architect the raised surface between the flutes of a column
- any of the lenses that make up the compound eye of an insect or other arthropod
- anatomy any small smooth area on a hard surface, as on a bone
- (tr) to cut facets in (a gemstone)
Word Origin and History for facet
1620s, from French facette (12c., Old French facete), diminutive of face (see face (n.)). The diamond-cutting sense is the original one. Related: Faceted; facets.
- A small smooth area on a bone or other firm structure.
- A worn spot on a tooth, produced by chewing or grinding.