Definition of facet in US English:



  • 1One side of something many-sided, especially of a cut gem.

    • ‘Lightning and firelight flash in the tiny facets cut into its surface and its gems, though not nearly as much as they would if its silver was polished.’
    • ‘Because they weren't flattened, you could see the planes where they articulated, like facets.’
    • ‘The brass ornaments caught the shimmer of the candle light that I held in my hand and reflected the rays back with the facets that had been pounded into their surface.’
    • ‘The different facets act both as surface decoration and refract light through the vessel.’
    • ‘To counteract this focusing, the conventional approach is to break up the circular geometry with facets or convex surfaces to provide a degree of sound diffusion.’
    • ‘In the hardened and tempered condition the fractured surface shows dull facets.’
    • ‘The many voices of the metropolis only come together like facets of a many-sided prism in the fourth projection, which stands separate from the other three.’
    • ‘If you look through only one facet at the other facets, they look distorted and wrong.’
    • ‘The rock was also a little slimy, which was the result of much salt encrusting the facets of every feature.’
    • ‘This construction might best be described as a crystalline field, a field formed of facets, each facet an ossification of one instant or angle of displacement.’
    • ‘It also refers to the number of facets, or flat surfaces, on a diamond.’
    • ‘Modified brilliants have the same facets and facet arrangement.’
    • ‘He walked to the window, and suddenly, it shattered and produced a million facets of light.’
    • ‘There are two basic styles: one features small square facets while the other has grooves running all the way around the body of the glass, vase or candle holder.’
    • ‘There are relationships between all of the angles of the 58 facets on a diamond.’
    surface, face, side, plane, angle, slant
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    1. 1.1 A particular aspect or feature of something.
      ‘participation by the laity in all facets of church life’
      • ‘To attract holidayers to the State during the Southwest monsoon, brochures detailing the various facets of the monsoon have been brought as in previous years.’
      • ‘The author has a wonderful awareness for tiny details that somehow brilliantly illuminate particular facets of the struggle.’
      • ‘The various facets of his character occasionally complemented his ambition and ideals, but more often resulted in confusing contradiction.’
      • ‘Pitt pulls off an outstanding performance in this role, maintaining a credible balance between the comedic and the serious facets of Mickey's character.’
      • ‘Is there any facet, any aspect of hockey that is better on the smaller ice?’
      • ‘Women are not simply one dimensional; we have many different facets to our characters.’
      • ‘Conservation must remain an important facet of any eco-tourism business and the projects should do well economically to succeed, she feels.’
      • ‘When different cultures come to live side by side, they naturally and wonderfully begin to assimilate facets of each other.’
      • ‘The resulting communication failure featured a number of facets.’
      • ‘What may sound like the stuff of science fiction is set to become an integral facet of the day-to-day lives of millions of people.’
      • ‘All the facets of the business environment were deliberated, to shed new light on the working of corporates.’
      • ‘A facet is an aspect or dimension of an object or piece of information.’
      • ‘A growing body of literature has tested the linkages between various facets of religion and individual well-being.’
      • ‘Such sequences were nothing new to Jost's films - indeed they constitute a distinct facet of his authorial style in most of the earlier features as well.’
      • ‘This method, which is utilized mainly in respect of overseas transactions and constitutes an important facet of banking business, is considered further below.’
      • ‘Cyberspace right now is made up of a series of windows on the real world, that allow us to see views, or facets, or aspects of people elsewhere.’
      • ‘Isn't this a normal facet of business daily life?’
      • ‘The practice of adding and subtracting aspects from his home page also highlights particular facets of Yuan's identity at different times.’
      • ‘The recognition that both individualism and relatedness can have both positive and negative facets has become more pronounced in recent years.’
      • ‘They have been expected to start at the lowest rank and have been trained in all facets of the business.’
      aspect, feature, side, dimension, particular, characteristic, detail, point, ingredient, strand, factor
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    2. 1.2Zoology Any of the individual units (ommatidia) that make up the compound eye of an insect or crustacean.
      • ‘Often later ommatidial cell fates cannot be specified, such as pigment cells that normally function to separate ommatidia into individual facets.’
      • ‘Drosophila compound eyes are composed of 800 identical facets or ommatidia.’
      • ‘For example, although crustacean compound eye facets are diverse, most are similar to insect ommatidia.’
      • ‘Cone cells number four per facet in many compound eyes.’


Early 17th century: from French facette, diminutive of face ‘face, side’ (see face).