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filature

[ fil-uh-cher, -choor ]

noun

  1. the act of forming into threads.
  2. a reel for drawing off silk from cocoons.
  3. the reeling of silk from cocoons.
  4. an establishment for reeling silk.


filature

/ ˈfɪlətʃə /

noun

  1. the act or process of spinning silk, etc, into threads
  2. the reel used for this
  3. a place where such spinning or reeling is done


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Word History and Origins

Origin of filature1

1750–60; < French < Medieval Latin fīlātūra the spinning art, equivalent to fīlāt ( us ) spun (past participle of fīlāre; filament ) + -ūra -ure
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Word History and Origins

Origin of filature1

C18: from Medieval Latin fīlātūra the art of spinning, from fīlāre to spin thread; see filament
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Example Sentences

The quality of raw silk depends, therefore, very much upon the skill and care bestowed upon its filature.

The mechanism of the silk filature, as lately improved in France, is very ingenious.

I came into this filature when quite young, and it has taken me years to find out even the little I know now.

The boys exchanged a smile and passed on into the filature, as the factory where the reeling was done was called.

Filature, fil′a-tūr, n. the reeling of silk, or the place where it is done.

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