Meaning of facet

fac•et

Pronunciation: (fas'it), [key]
— n., v., -et•ed, -et•ing -et•ted, -et•ting.
—n.
  1. one of the small, polished plane surfaces of a cut gem.
  2. a similar surface cut on a fragment of rock by the action of water, windblown sand, etc.
  3. aspect; phase: They carefully examined every facet of the argument.
  4. any of the faces of a column cut in a polygonal form.
  5. one of the corneal lenses of a compound arthropod eye.
  6. a small, smooth, flat area on a hard surface, esp. on a bone.
  7. a small, highly burnished area, usually on the enamel surface of a tooth, produced by abrasion between opposing teeth in chewing.
—v.t.
  1. to cut facets on.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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