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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Fac"et
  1. A little face; a small, plane surface; as, the facets of a diamond. Alt. spell.: facette
  2. [Anat] A smooth circumscribed surface; as, the articular facet of a bone.
  3. [Arch] The narrow plane surface between flutings of a column.
  4. [Zoöl] 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

verb Fac"et
To cut facets or small faces upon; as, to facet a diamond.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A distinct feature or element in a problem ("he studied every facet of the question")
  2. A smooth surface (as of a bone or cut gemstone)

Borrowing from French facette

  1. Any one of the flat surfaces cut into a gem.
    This of the diamond was masterfully cut to enhance its value.
  2. One among many similar or related, yet still distinct things.
    The child's learning disability was only one of the problems contributing to his delinquency.
  3. One of a series of things, such as steps in a project.
    We had just about completed the research of the project when the order came to cancel it.
  4. (anatomy) One member of a compound eye, as found in insects and crustaceans.
  5. (anatomy) A smooth circumscribed surface.
    the articular of a bone
  6. (anatomy) Any of the small joints at each segment of the spine that provide stability and help guide motion
  7. (architecture) The narrow plane surface between flutings of a column.
  8. (mathematics) A face of codimension 1 of a polytope.

facet was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Polish

Fun Facts about the name Facet

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Past life for Facet born Jan 23, 1962

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Wales approximately on 975. Your profession was entertainer, musician, poet, and temple-dancer.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. Your lesson - to conquer jealousy and anger in yourself and then in those, who will select you as their guide. You should understand that these weaknesses are caused by fear and self-regret.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.