Definition of Facet

1. Noun. A distinct feature or element in a problem. "He studied every facet of the question"

Exact synonyms: Aspect
Generic synonyms: Characteristic, Feature
Specialized synonyms: Side, Sector, Sphere, Surface



2. Noun. A smooth surface (as of a bone or cut gemstone).
Generic synonyms: Subfigure

Definition of Facet

1. n. A little face; a small, plane surface; as, the facets of a diamond.

2. v. t. To cut facets or small faces upon; as, to facet a diamond.

Definition of Facet

1. Noun. Any one of the flat surfaces cut into a gem. ¹

2. Noun. One among many similar or related, yet still distinct things. ¹

3. Noun. One of a series of things, such as steps in a project. ¹

4. Noun. (anatomy) One member of a compound eye, as found in insects and crustaceans. ¹

5. Noun. (mathematics) A face of codimension 1 of a polytope. ¹

6. Verb. To cut a facet into a gemstone. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Facet

1. to cut small plane surfaces on [v -ETED, -ETING, -ETS or -ETTED, -ETTING, -ETS]

Medical Definition of Facet

1. 1. A little face; a small, plane surface; as, the facets of a diamond. Alternative forms: facette. 2. A smooth circumscribed surface; as, the articular facet of a bone. 3. The narrow plane surface between flutings of a column. 4. One of the numerous small eyes which make up the compound eyes of insects and crustaceans. Origin: F. Facette, dim. Of face face. See Face. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Facet

facepiece
facepieces
faceplant
faceplanted
faceplanting
faceplants
faceplate
faceplates
facer
facers
faces
facesaving
facesitter
facesitters
facet (current term)
facet joints
facet of atlas for dens
facet plane
facet rhizotomy
facete
facetectomy
faceted
facetely
faceth
facetiae
facetime
faceting
facetious
facetiously

Literary usage of Facet

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila by Thomas Hunt Morgan, Calvin Blackman Bridges (1916)
"The males of the two cultures 149 and 151 give the order of gens as facet, vermilion, sable; that is, facet lies to the left of vermilion and toward yellow. ..."

2. The Journal of General Physiology by Society of General Physiologists, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1920)
"(Received for publication, December 30, 1919.) Determination of the Period during Which Temperature is Effective in Modifying the facet Number. ..."

3. Journal of Morphology by Wistar Institute of Anatomy and Biology (1891)
"into a concave facet of which the narrow, elevated " head " of the magnum fits. The distal surface of the magnum is nearly plane, broad in front and narrow ..."

4. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The external surface presents a narrow, flattened, semilunar facet for articulation ... The internal surface is marked by a smooth, quadrilateral facet, ..."

5. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"The external surface presents a narrow, flattened, semilunar facet for articulation ... The internal surface is marked by a smooth, quadrilateral facet, ..."

6. The Journal of Anatomy and Physiology (1907)
"It is quadrilateral in outline, and otters for our notice (a) a facet or facets for ... (a) Shape of the articular facet for external cuneiform : rounded or ..."

7. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1885)
"The internal facet already mentioned, covers the internal face of the ... The facet is continuous with the navicular, and is at right angles to its plane. ..."

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