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ˈfɪl ə məntfil·a·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fibril, filament, strandnoun

    a very slender natural or synthetic fiber

  2. filamentnoun

    the stalk of a stamen

  3. filament, filumnoun

    a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells)

  4. filamentnoun

    a thin wire (usually tungsten) that is heated white hot by the passage of an electric current


  1. filamentnoun

    A fine thread or wire.

    Etymology: From filamentum, from filare, from filum

  2. filamentnoun

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

    Etymology: From filamentum, from filare, from filum

  3. filamentnoun

    The stalk of a stamen in a flower, supporting the anther.

    Etymology: From filamentum, from filare, from filum

  4. filamentnoun

    A continuous object, limited in length only by its spool, and not cut to length.

    Etymology: From filamentum, from filare, from filum

Webster Dictionary

  1. Filamentnoun

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

    Etymology: [F. filament, fr. L. filum thread. See File a row.]


  1. Filament

    Filament is a musical group from Japan that consists of Otomo Yoshihide and Sachiko M, two of the major exponents of the electroacoustic improvisation style of music. The two played as a duo for the first time on November 5, 1995 in London, but it was not until 1997 that they began to play often together and Filament became one of their main projects. At first their work together was branded as A-102, then they used both Filament and A-102, and occasionally simply "duo," with no specific project name. Since their United States and France concert tour of May 1998, they have used the name Filament exclusively.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Filament

    fil′a-ment, n. a slender or thread-like object: a fibre: (bot.) the stalk of the stamen which supports the pollen-containing anther.—adjs. Filament′ary, Filament′ose; Filament′oid, like a filament; Filament′ous, thread-like. [Fr.,—L. filum, a thread.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Filament

    A thin long piece of a solid substance. In general it is so thin as to act almost like a thread, to be capable of standing considerable flexure. The distinction between filament and rod has been of much importance in some patent cases concerning incandescent lamps. As used by electricians the term generally applies to the carbon filament of incandescent lamps. This as now made has not necessarily any fibres, but is entitled to the name of filament, partly by convention, partly by its relative thinness and want of stiffness. (See Incandescent Lamps--Magnetic Filament.)

Editors Contribution

  1. filament

    A structure or component.

    Filament has many forms.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  


  1. Filament

    a thread: a long slender process of equal diameter throughout: an elongated appendage.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of filament in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of filament in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of filament in a Sentence

  1. Lisa Dabney:

    The ones that we have on the market now are very, very safe; they are very different from the ones that came out in the ‘80s, [like] the DalkonShield that did have a high risk of pelvic inflammatory disease, one of the main differences was that it had a braded filament--a piece of string that hangs into the vagina-- and bacteria lived in the crevices in the string, which increased the risk of getting pelvic inflammatory disease, which can lead to scarring and blocked fallopian tubes. This caused a scare and caused companies to pull all IUDs [off the shelves] except for the copper IUD. But today, the string is much smoother so the bacteria can’t cling on as easily.

  2. John Herr:

    This is early; it's more about understanding the mechanism involved in fertilization and how you can block the formation of this filament.

  3. Sjors Scheres:

    Knowing which parts of tau are important for filament formation is relevant for the development of drugs.

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