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
The way they take a subject and look at it from numerous angles, uncovering meaning in every facet, is so inspiring and motivating.Podcast recommendations for a better life and career from Fortune’s 40 under 40 | Aric Jenkins | September 5, 2020 | Fortune
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The force driving each of these cases is machismo, an attitude ingrained in nearly every facet of Colombian society.
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The religion shaped all facets of life: art, medicine, literature, and even dynastic politics.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma | Brendon Hong | December 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Luqman explained that they represented the sun shining down on Earth, facets mimicking rays of light.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple | Michael Luongo | August 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This chicken features a thin, abundant crust with so many facets and angles you want to call it rococo.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken | Jane & Michael Stern | May 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This warped ideology, Bayor argues, trickled down into all facets of American immigration policy.
Pangea is all about the cultural and social facets of particular peoples and places.Saatchi Resurrects Ancient Pangaea with Show Featuring South American and African Artists | Chloë Ashby | April 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It had two pilasters of stone cut in facets, and the coping represented a reclining woman holding a cornucopia.Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
At Sixty-first Street he halted before the revolving facets of the entrance to Costellos.The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
Aladdin's Cave it was dubbed—a truly magical world of glassy facets and scintillating crystals.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
A ray for every invisible atom that dances in the air—for the million million changing facets of the million ocean waves.The Hills and the Vale | Richard Jefferies
When broken it exhibits large shining facets, in a variety of positions.
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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