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facet Tweet Definition of facet Like Definition of facet on Facebook
noun
  1. Any one of the flat surfaces cut into a gem.
The facets of the diamond were masterfully cut to enhance its value.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.
  1. (anatomy) One member of a compound eye, as found in insects and crustaceans.
verb
  1. To cut a facet into a gemstone.
fanlight Tweet Definition of fanlight Like Definition of fanlight on Facebook
noun
  1. a semicircular window over a door or other window, normally having a fan-like structure of ribs; sometimes hinged to the transom
fenestra Tweet Definition of fenestra Like Definition of fenestra on Facebook
noun
  1. an opening in a body, sometimes with a membrane
fenestrated Tweet Definition of fenestrated Like Definition of fenestrated on Facebook
adjective
  1. Having windows
finial Tweet Definition of finial Like Definition of finial on Facebook
noun
  1. The knot or bunch of foliage, or foliated ornament, that forms the upper extremity of a pinnacle in Gothic architecture.
  2. Any decorative fitting at the peak of a gable, or on the top of a flagpole, fence post or staircase newel post.
flying buttress Tweet Definition of flying buttress Like Definition of flying buttress on Facebook
noun
  1. (architecture) a buttress that stands apart from the structure that it supports, and is connected to it by an arch.
FOIL Tweet Definition of FOIL Like Definition of FOIL on Facebook
initialism
  1. First Outer Inner Last, the abbreviation for one algorithm for processing the multiplication of multiple binomials
Example: (2x + 4) × (4x + 3y)
foiled Tweet Definition of foiled Like Definition of foiled on Facebook
verb
  1. (past of, foil)
foliated Tweet Definition of foliated Like Definition of foliated on Facebook
adjective
  1. (geology) (of a rock) Having a structure of thin layers
  2. (architecture) Decorated with foliage
folly Tweet Definition of folly Like Definition of folly on Facebook
noun (follies)
  1. foolishness
The purchase of Alaska from Russia was termed Seward's folly.
  1. thoughtless action resulting in tragic consequence
This is a war of .
  1. a fanciful building built for purely ornamental reasons
frontispiece Tweet Definition of frontispiece Like Definition of frontispiece on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, publishing) An illustration that is on the page before the title page of a book, a section of one, or a magazine.
  2. (context, archaic, publishing) The title page of a book.
  3. (architecture) A faí§ade, especially an ornamental one.
  4. (architecture) A small pediment of which is ornamental, especially on the top of a window or door.
furniture Tweet Definition of furniture Like Definition of furniture on Facebook
noun (furnitures, -)
  1. (archaic) The harness, trappings etc. of a horse or other animal.
  2. An item, or, used collectively, items, (usually) in a room which enhance the room's characteristics, either functionally and/or decoratively.

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