facet

noun

fac·​et ˈfa-sət How to pronounce facet (audio)
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 adjective
or facetted

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web And there is pressure in every facet of his highly scrutinized life. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2022 The Wolverines are better than the Spartans in every facet. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 30 Oct. 2022 UConn’s struggles on special teams have come in every facet of the game. Joe Arruda, Hartford Courant, 23 Sep. 2022 Baltimore dominated New York in every facet of the game, taking a 24-3 lead into the fourth quarter. Bob Wankel | Xl Media, cleveland, 17 Sep. 2022 Their young offensive line struggled once again, and BC looked outmatched in every facet. Trevor Hass, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2022 Efficiency And Margins Understanding how to drive efficiencies and boost margins in every facet of your commercial activities will be vital to weathering the downturn. Jonathan Fianu, Forbes, 18 Aug. 2022 The list could have continued, as BYU did not succeed in any facet of stopping Liberty’s offense. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Oct. 2022 Lanning’s defense hasn’t been elite in any facet outside of its ability to stop the run. oregonlive, 21 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of facet was in 1622

Dictionary Entries Near facet

Cite this Entry

“Facet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/facet. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

facet

noun

fac·​et ˈfas-ət How to pronounce facet (audio)
1
: a small plane surface (as on a cut gem)
2
: a definable aspect of something
explained all facets of the company
3
: the surface of a functional unit of vision of a compound eye
faceted
ˈfas-ət-əd
adjective

Medical Definition

facet

noun

fac·​et ˈfas-ət How to pronounce facet (audio)
ˌfa-ˈset
: a smooth flat or nearly flat circumscribed anatomical surface
the articular facet of a bone
faceted adjective
or facetted

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