a small, polished, flat surface, usually in the shape of a polygon, such as one of the surfaces of a cut gem.
a smooth, flat 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.
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How to use facet in a sentence
At the same time, however, the research sheds light on the many facets that shape language learning.Learning a second language early might have ripple effects throughout your life | Rahul Rao | February 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
Another facet of the same set of orders extended a federal moratorium on evictions, lasting through at least the end of March.
The coronavirus pandemic forced publishers to re-examine and re-think many facets of their businesses, and may have unearthed some previously unexplored revenue opportunities.Digiday Research: Publishers’ revenue streams changed mostly at the margins because of pandemic | Max Willens | January 29, 2021 | Digiday
That’s long been defended as a necessary facet of dynamic capitalism, that weaker companies are forced by markets to change or die and that in the end, it is healthier for society overall if zombie companies can’t survive endlessly.How the GameStop Trading Surge Will Transform Wall Street | Zachary Karabell | January 29, 2021 | Time
Improving click-through performance is an essential facet of ensuring long-term online success, both on and off Google.Five hacks to enhance your organic CTR and rankings in SERPs | Karl Tablante | January 27, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
Every facet of his identity, taken alone, seemed at war with every other part of him.
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 | Sally Kohn | August 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Marlow Stern | August 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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? | J.T. Price | May 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“I think one interesting facet is how these stars are ballooning without any real traditional [media] support,” Fishman says.Back Off, B*tches. There’s Only One Butt Selfie Queen | Cheryl Wischhover | May 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
An articular facet begins on the manubrium near the neck and spirals halfway around the head of the malleus.Genera and Subgenera of Chipmunks | John A. White
The blue stick has a diagonal facet at the top to indicate the square topped female mask (paragraph 168).The Mountain Chant, A Navajo Ceremony | Washington Matthews
Dalgetty's words came fast, this was one facet of a task to which he had given his life.The Sensitive Man | Poul William Anderson
At best language can but be the outward facet of thought on the highest, most generalized, level of symbolic expression.Language | Edward Sapir
There was one facet of the great stone of War upon which many strange things were written.Robin | Frances Hodgson Burnett
British Dictionary definitions for facet
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)
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