- 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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Examples from the Web for facetted
The pollen bodies in the flower-dust of many flowering plants also often assume the form of facetted spheres.The Wonders of Life
Owing to these differences, eyes have been divided into simple and compound, and into facetted and non-facetted.The Origin of Vertebrates
Walter Holbrook Gaskell
- 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
Word Origin and History for facetted
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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