filament

[ fil-uh-muh nt ]
/ ˈfɪl ə mənt /

noun

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Origin of filament

1585–95; < New Latin fīlāmentum, equivalent to Late Latin fīlā(re) to wind thread, spin (see file1) + Latin -mentum -ment

Related forms

fil·a·ment·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for filament

filament

/ (ˈfɪləmənt) /

noun

Derived Forms

filamentary (ˌfɪləˈmɛntərɪ, -trɪ) or filamentous, adjective

Word Origin for filament

C16: from New Latin fīlāmentum, from Medieval Latin fīlāre to spin, from Latin fīlum thread
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Medicine definitions for filament

filament

[ fĭlə-mənt ]

n.

A fibril, fine fiber, or threadlike structure.

Related forms

fil′a•mentous (-mĕntəs) null adj.
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Science definitions for filament

filament

[ fĭlə-mənt ]

A fine or slender thread, wire, or fiber.
The part of a stamen that supports the anther of a flower; the stalk of a stamen. See more at flower.
  1. A fine wire that gives off radiation when an electric current is passed through it, usually to provide light, as in an incandescent bulb, or to provide heat, as in a vacuum tube.
  2. A wire that acts as the cathode in some electron tubes when it is heated with an electric current.
Any of the dark, sinuous lines visible through certain filters on the disk of the Sun. Filaments are solar prominences that are viewed against the solar surface rather than being silhouetted along the outer edges of the disk. See more at prominence.
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