What does facet mean?

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ˈfæs ɪtfacet

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. aspect, facet(noun)

    a distinct feature or element in a problem

    "he studied every facet of the question"

  2. facet(noun)

    a smooth surface (as of a bone or cut gemstone)


  1. facet(Noun)

    Any one of the flat surfaces cut into a gem.

    This facet of the diamond was masterfully cut to enhance its value.

  2. facet(Noun)

    One among many similar or related, yet still distinct things.

    The child's learning disability was only one facet of the problems contributing to his delinquency.

  3. facet(Noun)

    One of a series of things, such as steps in a project.

    We had just about completed the research facet of the project when the order came to cancel it.

  4. facet(Noun)

    One member of a compound eye, as found in insects and crustaceans.

  5. facet(Noun)

    A face of codimension 1 of a polytope.

  6. facet(Verb)

    To cut a facet into a gemstone.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Facet(noun)

    a little face; a small, plane surface; as, the facets of a diamond

    Etymology: [F. facette, dim. of face face. See Face.]

  2. Facet(noun)

    a smooth circumscribed surface; as, the articular facet of a bone

    Etymology: [F. facette, dim. of face face. See Face.]

  3. Facet(noun)

    the narrow plane surface between flutings of a column

    Etymology: [F. facette, dim. of face face. See Face.]

  4. Facet(noun)

    one of the numerous small eyes which make up the compound eyes of insects and crustaceans

    Etymology: [F. facette, dim. of face face. See Face.]

  5. Facet(verb)

    to cut facets or small faces upon; as, to facet a diamond

    Etymology: [F. facette, dim. of face face. See Face.]


  1. Facet

    In geometry, a facet is any of several things closely related to that of a face of a polyhedron or polytope, and in general refers to certain features of a shape that have dimension as large as possible. ⁕In three-dimensional geometry a facet of a polyhedron is any polygon whose corners are vertices of the polyhedron, and need not be a face. For example, the faces of the convex hull of a non-convex polyhedron are facets of this polyhedron. To facet a polyhedron is to find and join such facets to form a new polyhedron; this is the reciprocal process to stellation and may also be applied to higher dimensional polytopes. ⁕In polyhedral combinatorics and in the general theory of polytopes, a facet of a polytope of dimension n is a face that has dimension n − 1. Facets may also be called-faces. In three-dimensional geometry, they are often called "faces" without qualification. ⁕A facet of a simplicial complex is a maximal simplex, that is a simplex that is not a face of another simplex of the complex. For simplicial polytopes this coincides with the meaning from polyhedral combinatorics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Facet

    fas′et, n. a small surface, as of a crystal.—v.t. to cut a facet upon, or cover with facets.—adj. Fac′eted, having or formed into facets. [Fr. facette, dim. of face.]

Editors Contribution

  1. facet

    A specific function.

    The various facets of the business all communicated efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  


  1. Facet

    a small face or surface: one of the parts, areas or lens-like divisions of the compound eye.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of facet in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of facet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of facet in a Sentence

  1. Vali Nasr:

    Clearly in a frozen relationship, either they're kept as pawns or largely they become essentially a facet of the confrontation, if the relationship is not confrontational, or it's more stable, then it is more likely that that issue can be resolved.

  2. Aaron Smith:

    I suspect what we'll see is where mobile becomes a standard facet of how people interact with and get news about what's happening in the political process.

  3. Gregg Popovich:

    They just outplayed us in every facet of the game.

  4. Randy Sharpe:

    Were looking into every facet of any assistance, what I can say is, its still confusing at best. Were still trying to wade through it. We dont know exactly what were gonna do. Weve been focused on, how do we keep takeout and delivery alive and keep our brands relevant in our markets? And, when we are given the green light, how do we use our resources to get open as quick as we can, [as]safe as we can?

  5. Ahmed Moosa:

    The late Mr. Archie Augustine (a Roman Catholic) from Estcourt, Kwa Zulu Natal put it beautifully when he said the following about the Qur’an: “Despite your religious or non-religious attitudes, the Holy Qur’aan is a boon to your intellectual and moral strength. Even if you are not concerned with moral issues, then pamper your intellectual curiosity and read the Qur’aan. The greater the level of your education, in any field, or the greater your social or political standing in your community, the more reason why you should procure your own copy of the Book and begin to read it”. “Nothing, but nothing, is left ambiguous or unanswered. It is a Book of Law interwoven in morality till it touches every facet of the human experience. It includes politics, economics, moral behaviour, personal cleanliness and propriety, inter-family relationships, bequests and inheritance, inter-religious respect and tolerance, charity, the sin of taking and of giving commercial interest, the importance of prayer, the belief in ONE GOD, religious-sociology and oneness of humankind. Bring any manner or word, concept or subject matter to mind and you will find, not only a reference to such a matter, but a treatise, succinctly and poignantly illustrating, advising, illuminating and directing”. A POEM ON THE HOLY QURAN WRITTEN SOME 35 YEARS AGO BY THE NINTH PRESIDENT OF INDIA, DR. PANDIT SHANKER DAYAL SHARMA: (IT WAS A COMMAND FOR ACTION. YOU TURNED IT INTO A BOOK OF PRAYER.) (IT WAS A BOOK TO UNDERSTAND. YOU READ IT WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING.) (IT WAS A CODE FOR THE LIVING. YOU TURNED IT INTO A MANIFESTO OF THE DEAD.) (THAT WHICH WAS A BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE; YOU ABDICATED TO THE IGNORAMUS). (IT CAME TO GIVE KNOWLEDGE OF CREATION. YOU ABANDONED IT TO THE MADRASA.) (IT CAME TO GIVE LIFE TO DEAD NATIONS. YOU USED IT FOR SEEKING MERCY FOR THE DEAD.) (O’ MUSLIMS! WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?)

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