noun Etymology: French facette, diminutive of face Date: 1625 1. a small plane surface (as on a cut gem) — see brilliant illustration 2. any of the definable aspects that make up a subject (as of contemplation) or an object (as of consideration) 3. the external corneal surface of an ommatidium 4. a smooth flat circumscribed anatomical surface (as of a bone) • faceted or facetted adjective

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