[ 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), fac·et·ed, fac·et·ing or (especially British) fac·et·ted, fac·et·ting.
to cut facets on.
Origin of facet
Related formsun·fac·et·ed, adjective
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Anyhow, a more systematic method of faceting in sixteen facets—the taille en seize—began to be employed about that time.Jewellery|H. Clifford Smith,
British Dictionary definitions for faceting
/ (ˈfæsɪt) /
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 or -etted
(tr) to cut facets in (a gemstone)
Word Origin for facet
C17: from French facette a little face
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Medicine definitions for faceting
[ făs′ĭt ]
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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