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facet

Syllabification: fac·et
Pronunciation: /ˈfasət
 
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Definition of facet in English:

noun

1One side of something many-sided, especially of a cut gem.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
surface, face, side, plane
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.
Synonyms
aspect, feature, side, dimension, characteristic, detail, point, ingredient, strand;
component, constituent, element
1.2 Zoology Any of the individual units (ommatidia) that make up the compound eye of an insect or crustacean.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

early 17th century: from French facette, diminutive of face 'face, side' (see face).

Derivatives

faceted

1
Pronunciation: /ˈfasətid/
adjective
[in combination]: multifaceted

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