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Definition of the noun filament

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noun - plural: filaments

  1. a very slender natural or synthetic fiber
    • lexical domain: Substances - nouns denoting substances
    • synonyms of filament: fibril / strand
    • more generic words: fiber / fibre = a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn
    • more specific words:
      • barb = one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather
      • gossamer / cobweb = filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
      • chromatid = one of two identical strands into which a chromosome splits during mitosis
      • myofibrilla / sarcostyle / myofibril = one of many contractile filaments that make up a striated muscle fiber
      • rhizoid = any of various slender filaments that function as roots in mosses and ferns and fungi etc
      • hypha = any of the threadlike filaments forming the mycelium of a fungus
      • paraphysis = a sterile simple or branched filament or hair borne among sporangia
  2. the stalk of a stamen
    • lexical domain: Plants - nouns denoting plants
    • more generic words: stalk / stem = a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ
  3. a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells)
  4. a thin wire (usually tungsten) that is heated white hot by the passage of an electric current

Alternative definition of the noun filament


  1. A fine thread or wire.
  2. Such a wire, heated to glowing, in an incandescent light bulb or a thermionic valve.
  3. [botany] The stalk of a stamen in a flower, supporting the anther.
  4. [textiles] A continuous object, limited in length only by its spool, and not cut to length.


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.


  1. "filament" is a musical EP of Yōsei Teikoku.
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  2. "filament" is a composition.
  3. "Filament" is a composition.


"Filament" is a 2001 film written and directed by Jinsei Tsuji.


  1. Filament was a quarterly magazine aimed at women, showcasing erotic photographs of men. Filament professed, through its tagline, to be "The thinking woman's crumpet". Unlike other magazines for women that have featured solely muscular men, Filament featured a wide variety of men. Alongside erotic photographs the magazine also included discussions on topics not only related to sex but to other aspects of life. Since "Men's magazines regularly mixed aspirational and intelligent content with high-brow erotica" Filament attempted to replicate this in a magazine for women.
  2. The filament subtype of a Galactic filament have roughly equal length major and minor axes in cross-section along the length of the longer axis.

Phrases with Filament

  1. Filament Bearer
  2. Red Filament Threadfin Bream

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Filament

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Google previewScleroproteins—Advances in Research and Application: 2013 Edition (2013)

The main parts of this device are an anchoring means, a collagen foam acting as a sealing means, a filament means and a carrier means. The device uses an introducer or the like in order to guide the different parts to the puncture.

Google previewIntroduction to Textile Fibres (2016)

by H. V. Sreenivasa Murthy

Filament is the name given to a fibre of continuous length, that is to say, it is long enough to be used in a fabric without increasing its length by adding...

Google previewRadiographic Imaging and Exposure (2016)

by Terri L. Fauber

The filament is a coiled tungsten wire, which is the source of electrons during x- ray production. IMPORTANT RELATIONSHIP Filament The filament is the source of electrons during x-ray production. Most x-ray tubes are referred to as ...

Google previewWorkbook for Radiologic Science for Technologists (2016)

Physics, Biology, and Protection by Stewart C. Bushong

The filament is a small coil of wire, usually of thoriated tungsten, that provides electrons for the production of x-rays. The focusing cup directs the beam of electrons to the target on the anode. Tungsten vaporization with deposition on the inside ...

Google previewMathematical Modelling & Computing in Biology and Medicine (2003)

5th ESMTB Conference 2002 by V. Capasso (Ed)

The construction of a possible phenomenological model ables to account quantitatively for the available data on the displacements of a myosin head along an actin filament is the object of the present paper. The starting point is a previous ...

Google previewSketches Towards a Hortus Botanicus Americanus (1811)

Or, Coloured Plates (with a Catalogue and Concise and Familiar Descriptions of Many Species) of New and Valuable Plants of the West Indies and North and South America. Also of Several Others, Natives of Africa and the East Indies; Arr. After the Linnaean System ... by William Jowit Titford

The filament is the slender thread-like substance (sometimes called chives) which supports the anther, and connects it to some part of the fructification, most commonly to the corol, frequently to the calyx and receptacle, and sometimes to the ...

Google previewRadiography of Cultural Material (2006)

by Julia Tum, Andrew Middleton

INTRODUCTION Dard Hunter, the paper historian, defines paper as a thin sheet ' which must be made from a fibre that has been macerated until each individual filament is a separate unit: the fibres intermixed with water, and by the use of a ...

Google previewE. coli in Motion (2004)

by Howard C. Berg

The filament is a polymer of a single protein called flagellin, whose molecules can bond in two different ways.They appear as 11 rows of protofilaments along the surface of a cylinder, as shown in Fig. 5.3.When the flagellin molecules are ...

Google previewThe Ultimate Book of Saturday Science (2012)

The Very Best Backyard Science Experiments You Can Do Yourself by Neil A. Downie

The magnesium oxide insulation around the axial filament is a slightly imperfect electric insulating material however, and this is the key to the operation of our fire locator.. The ready-made box of tricks in the heating element means that you ...

Google previewLasers (2011)

The Power and Precision of Light by Jean-Claude Diels, Ladan Arissian

A filament is a light beam that retains its size for distances much longer than the Rayleigh length. A complex combination of plasma effect on radiation, phase front, and polarization is the source for this feature. Upon observation of filaments , ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Modern Everyday Inventions (2003)

by David John Cole, Eve Browning, Fred E. H. Schroeder

Incandescent lamps use an electric current to heat a thin conducting strand, the " filament," to such a high temperature that it glows...

The filament is mounted in a glass bulb that is evacuated or contains inert gases, such as argon. The absence ...

Google previewDictionary of Geophysics, Astrophysics, and Astronomy (2001)

by Richard A. Matzner

filament A structure in the corona consisting of cool (∼ 7000 K), dense (≃ 1012 cm−3) plasma supported by magnetic fields and ...

Google previewRadiological Sciences Dictionary: Keywords, names and definitions (2009)

by David Dowsett

filament (xray) The electron ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1910)

A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and General Information by Hugh Chisholm

The stamen usually consists of two parts, a contracted portion, often thread-like, termed the filament (fig. 25 /), and a broader portion, usually of two lobes, termed the anther (a) , containing the powdery #0tff» (pt, and supported upon the end of ...

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Quotes about Filament

Like a light bulb that dims,
Those unconscious...
Are lost within.
And disconnected...
From their senses.
Like a light bulb that dims,
When the thin filament...
Ceases to burn and slowly ends. (Lawrence S. Pertillar)
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Scrabble value of F4I1L1A1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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