Definition of facet in English:

facet

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Pronunciation: /ˈfasɪt
 
, -ɛt/

noun

  • 1One side of something many-sided, especially of a cut gem: a blue and green jewel that shines from a million facets
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    • 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, angle, slant
  • 3 Zoology Any of the individual units (ommatidia) that make up the compound eye of an insect or crustacean.
    More 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.

Derivatives

faceted

adjective
[in combination]: a multifaceted approach

Origin

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

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