facet

noun
fac·​et | \ ˈfa-sət \

Definition of facet

1 : any of the definable aspects that make up a subject (as of contemplation) or an object (as of consideration) Each facet of the problem requires careful attention.
2 : a small plane surface (as on a cut gem) — see brilliant illustration
3 : the external corneal surface of an ommatidium
4 : a smooth flat circumscribed anatomical surface (as of a bone)

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Other Words from facet

faceted or facetted \ ˈfa-​sə-​təd \ adjective

Synonyms for facet

Synonyms

angle, aspect, hand, phase, side

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Examples of facet in a Sentence

Each facet of the problem requires careful attention. the different facets of our culture Which facet of his character is most appealing? the facets of a diamond
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The British bayonets were triangular in shape, ensuring that even if the 18-inch blade did not puncture a vital organ, at least one facet of the weapon would always be slicing near a heart, a kidney, a liver. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘Valley Forge’ Review: In the Bleak Midwinter," 21 Dec. 2018 And cosmic warriors, there's another facet to dreaming worth exploring — lucid dreaming, which is a form of taking control of your own unconsciousness. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Is Lucid Dreaming? Your Guide to Exploring Your Subconscious," 18 Sep. 2018 But another facet that now is becoming the prominent expression of who Nicole is, is Nicole the artist. Brooke Hauser, Marie Claire, "Nicole Kidman Makes Her Mark," 17 Sep. 2018 His service at Harvard Law School is but one facet of Kavanaugh’s solidly mainstream credentials. Matt Viser, BostonGlobe.com, "At Harvard Law School, he’s Professor Kavanaugh," 11 July 2018 Though a main facet of the program is to educate the students on how to adjust, another goal is to teach students and faculty how to interact with people on the spectrum. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Specialized program for Marquette undergraduates with autism disorders gifted $450,000, set to launch fall 2019," 9 July 2018 One facet of Armenia’s medieval period that was more consistent was the majesty of the churches and other religious structures erected all across its mountainous topography. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Unfurling the Rich Tapestry of Armenian Culture," 25 June 2018 Though fast-break points are a KU strength, that facet is likely to be cut off Friday. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "Quick scout: Here's how KU matches up with Clemson | The Kansas City Star," 23 Mar. 2018 The diamond block will be faceted with several thousand facets, some of which are as small as several hundred micrometers. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Jony Ive and Marc Newson designed a $250,000 all-diamond ring for charity," 24 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of facet

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for facet

borrowed from French facette "individual surface (of an object with many surfaces, as a gem)," going back to Middle French fasette, from face face entry 1 + -ette -ette

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The first known use of facet was in 1622

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facet

noun

English Language Learners Definition of facet

: a part or element of something

: a small, flat surface on a jewel

facet

noun
fac·​et | \ ˈfa-sət \

Kids Definition of facet

: one of the small flat surfaces on a cut gem

facet

noun
fac·​et | \ ˈfas-ət \

Medical Definition of facet

: a smooth flat or nearly flat circumscribed anatomical surface the articular facet of a bone

Other Words from facet

faceted or facetted \ ˈfas-​ət-​əd \ adjective

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