[ 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.
Words nearby facet
Origin of facet
OTHER WORDS FROM facetun·fac·et·ed, adjective
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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|Ernst Haeckel
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
British Dictionary definitions for facetted
/ (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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Medical definitions for facetted
[ 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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