Definition of Filament

1. Noun. A very slender natural or synthetic fiber.

Exact synonyms: Fibril, Strand
Specialized synonyms: Barb, Cobweb, Gossamer, Chromatid, Myofibril, Myofibrilla, Sarcostyle, Rhizoid, Hypha, Paraphysis
Generic synonyms: Fiber, Fibre
Derivative terms: Filamentous

2. Noun. The stalk of a stamen.
Generic synonyms: Stalk, Stem

3. Noun. A threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells).
Exact synonyms: Filum
Generic synonyms: Anatomical Structure, Bodily Structure, Body Structure, Complex Body Part, Structure
Specialized synonyms: Hair, Pilus
Derivative terms: Filar

4. Noun. A thin wire (usually tungsten) that is heated white hot by the passage of an electric current.

Definition of Filament

1. n. A thread or threadlike object or appendage; a fiber; esp. (Bot.), the threadlike part of the stamen supporting the anther.

Definition of Filament

1. Noun. A fine thread or wire. ¹

2. Noun. Such a wire, heated to glowing, in an incandescent light bulb or a thermionic valve. ¹

3. Noun. (botany) The stalk of a stamen in a flower, supporting the anther. ¹

4. Noun. (textiles) A continuous object, limited in length only by its spool, and not cut to length. ¹

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Definition of Filament

1. a very thin thread or threadlike structure [n -S]

Medical Definition of Filament

1. See: thick filaments, thin filaments, intermediate filaments and microfilaments. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Filament

fila radicularia
filament (current term)
filament-nonfilament count
filament polymorphonuclear leukocyte
filamentary keratitis
filamentary keratopathy

Literary usage of Filament

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Bulletin by Mysore Geologists' Association (1918)
"Briefly summarized, the transition from the carbon filament lamp to the ... The carbon filament lamp had an efficiency of three watts per candle power. ..."

2. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"Consequently, each primitive filament has a descending and an ascending remue, ... B. Diagram of the posterior bee of a ringle complete filament with ..."

3. The Mosquitoes of North and Central America and the West Indies by Leland Ossian Howard, Harrison Gray Dyar, Frederick Knab (1915)
"Clasp-filament divided into three long filamentous lobes, one of which arises ... 74) Clasp-filament of three lobes, one of which iB broad and setose; ..."

4. Gray's School and Field Book of Botany: Consisting of "Lessons in Botany by Asa Gray (1887)
"The filament is a kind of stalk to the anther, commonly slender or thread-like : it is to the anther nearly what tlic petiole is to the blade of a leaf. ..."

5. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1905)
"On the other hand, one carbon filament may be used and a platinum wire may be sealed into the bulb terminating in a plate or cylinder of platinum, ..."

6. A Treatise on Human Physiology by John Call Dalton (1871)
"A nervous filament may therefore run undivided throughout the long distance from ... A single ultimate nervous filament penetrates the Pacinian body at one ..."

7. A Course in Electrical Engineering by Chester Laurens Dawes (1922)
"379, which shows the distribution in one vertical plane of the light from an incandescent carbon-filament lamp without a reflector. ..."

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