Definition of facet in English:
1One side of something many-sided, especially of a cut gem.
- 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.
- He walked to the window, and suddenly, it shattered and produced a million facets of light.
- The different facets act both as surface decoration and refract light through the vessel.
1.1A particular aspect or feature of something: participation by the laity in all facets of church life
More example sentences
- A facet is an aspect or dimension of an object or piece of information.
- 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.
- The resulting communication failure featured a number of facets.
1.2 Zoology Any of the individual units (ommatidia) that make up the compound eye of an insect or crustacean.
- For example, although crustacean compound eye facets are diverse, most are similar to insect ommatidia.
- 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.
Early 17th century: from French facette, diminutive of face 'face, side' (see face).
Words that rhyme with facetbasset, tacet, tacit
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