filament

noun
fil·​a·​ment | \ ˈfi-lə-mənt How to pronounce filament (audio) \

Definition of filament

: a single thread or a thin flexible threadlike object, process, or appendage (see appendage sense 2): such as
a : a tenuous (see tenuous sense 2) conductor (as of carbon or metal) made incandescent by the passage of an electric current specifically : a cathode (see cathode sense 2) in the form of a metal wire in an electron tube
b(1) : a thin and fine elongated constituent part of a gill (see gill entry 2 sense 1)
(2) : an elongated thin series of cells attached one to another or a very long thin cylindrical single cell (as of some algae, fungi, or bacteria)
c : the anther-bearing stalk of a stamen — see flower illustration

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Other Words from filament

filamentary \ ˌfi-​lə-​ˈmen-​t(ə-​)rē How to pronounce filament (audio) \ adjective
filamentous \ ˌfi-​lə-​ˈmen-​təs How to pronounce filament (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of filament in a Sentence

algae covered with tiny filaments the cable was made up of fine filaments twisted together
Recent Examples on the Web Or Lewis Latimer, who created the longer-lasting carbon filament for light bulbs? Robert L. Woodson Sr., National Review, 23 July 2021 The strength of the rotation signal is directly dependent on the viewing angle and the dynamical state of the filament. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Parrott crouched down beside it in order to refill it with plastic filament. New York Times, 12 May 2021 But what happened instead was a whimper: the hot plasma cap simply lifted off gently, creating a wide version of a weak jet, while the cooler prominence utterly failed to erupt at all, simply draining back along the filament to the solar surface. Ethan Siegel, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The upper-arm sensors, which have a tiny filament that measures glucose in the fluid between your cells, cost $70 and last 14 days; the device to apply them costs $75. Katie Palmer, STAT, 18 Apr. 2021 Its leather uppers were created in a lab from the spiderweb-like filament structure that mushrooms use to grow. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 19 Apr. 2021 Super bright and energy-efficiency: 2W led Shaped filament Led bulbs equals to 15W incandescent bulb, with 200LM high brightness. Maren Estrada, BGR, 14 Apr. 2021 There is a mournful chord and an existential shiver in all of her art — life hanging by a filament, mixed with the will to survive. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of filament

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for filament

Middle French, from Medieval Latin filamentum, from Late Latin filare to spin — more at file

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The first known use of filament was in 1594

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30 Jul 2021

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“Filament.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/filament. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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filament

noun

English Language Learners Definition of filament

: a thin thread or hair
: a thin wire in a light bulb that glows when electricity passes through it

filament

noun
fil·​a·​ment | \ ˈfi-lə-mənt How to pronounce filament (audio) \

Kids Definition of filament

1 : a fine thread a filament of silk
2 : a fine wire (as in a light bulb) that is made to glow by the passage of an electric current
3 : the stalk of a plant stamen that bears the anther

filament

noun
fil·​a·​ment | \ ˈfil-ə-mənt How to pronounce filament (audio) \

Medical Definition of filament

: a single thread or a thin flexible threadlike object, process, or appendage especially : an elongated thin series of cells attached one to another or a very long thin cylindrical single cell (as of some algae, fungi, or bacteria)

Other Words from filament

filamentous \ ˌfil-​ə-​ˈment-​əs How to pronounce filament (audio) \ adjective

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