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[fas-it] /ˈfæs ɪt/
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.
verb (used with object), faceted, faceting or (especially British) facetted, facetting.
to cut facets on.
Origin of facet
First recorded in 1615-25, facet is from the French word facette little face. See face, -et
Related forms
unfaceted, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The process was multi- faceted, and still involved myths, the magical, and rituals.

  • The young woman was staring into the pan of water, into the faceted glass.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • If we are dealing with a faceted stone, not even the smallest portion can be utilized, for fear of injuring it.

  • She was looking up from the faceted glass now, shaking her head sadly.

    The Status Civilization Robert Sheckley
  • I saw the tremor shake their bristling hosts, oscillate the great spire, set the faceted disks quivering.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • The tools are faceted, polished and furrowed, for ever moving onwards.

    The Home of the Blizzard Douglas Mawson
  • Then there came a sudden twang, as of a violently plucked string on a bass viol, and the amber egg dropped from the faceted side.

  • On the ordered plains were traced the hieroglyphs of the faceted world.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • There were over a dozen of these robots, each the height of two men, and their eyes were strange round circles of faceted glass.

    Call Him Savage John Pollard
British Dictionary definitions for faceted


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
verb -ets, -eting, -eted, -ets, -etting, -etted
(transitive) to cut facets in (a gemstone)
Word Origin
C17: from French facette a little face
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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faceted in Medicine

facet fac·et (fās'ĭt)

  1. A small smooth area on a bone or other firm structure.

  2. A worn spot on a tooth, produced by chewing or grinding.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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