[ fas-it ]
/ ˈfæs ɪt /


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

First recorded in 1615–25, facet is from the French word facette little face. See face, -et


un·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

[ făsĭt ]


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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