facet

noun fac·et \ ˈfa-sət \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

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)

faceted

or facetted play \ˈfa-sə-təd\ adjective

Examples of facet in a Sentence

  1. Each facet of the problem requires careful attention.

  2. the different facets of our culture

  3. Which facet of his character is most appealing?

  4. the facets of a diamond

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Origin and Etymology of facet

French facette, diminutive of face

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FACET Defined for English Language Learners

facet

noun

Definition of facet for English Language Learners

  • : a part or element of something

  • : a small, flat surface on a jewel


FACET Defined for Kids

facet

noun fac·et \ ˈfa-sət \

Definition of facet for Students

: one of the small flat surfaces on a cut gem

Medical Dictionary

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

faceted

or facetted play \ˈfas-ət-əd\ adjective


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