|1.||any of the surfaces of a cut gemstone|
|2.||an aspect or phase, as of a subject or personality|
|3.||architect the raised surface between the flutes of a column|
|4.||any of the lenses that make up the compound eye of an insect or other arthropod|
|5.||anatomy any small smooth area on a hard surface, as on a bone|
|—vb , -ets, -eting, -eted, -ets, -etting, -etted|
|6.||(tr) to cut facets in (a gemstone)|
|[C17: from French facette a little |
facet fac·et (fās'ĭt)
A small smooth area on a bone or other firm structure.
A worn spot on a tooth, produced by chewing or grinding.
flat, polished surface on a cut gemstone, usually with three or four sides. The widest part of a faceted stone is the girdle; the girdle lies on a plane that separates the crown, the stone's upper portion, from the pavilion, the stone's base. The large facet in the crown parallel to the girdle is the table; the very small one in the pavilion also parallel to the girdle is the culet. Certain stones, such as mogul cut diamonds (egg-shaped jewels faceted without regard for symmetry or brilliancy) or drop cut stones, have neither a girdle, a crown, nor a pavilion. In others, the crown and the pavilion are identical-e.g., in baguette cut stones.
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