- 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
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The young woman was staring into the pan of water, into the faceted glass.
She was looking up from the faceted glass now, shaking her head sadly.
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- 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)
C17: from French facette a little face
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Word Origin and History for faceted
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A small smooth area on a bone or other firm structure.
- A worn spot on a tooth, produced by chewing or grinding.
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