[fil-uh-muh nt] /ˈfɪl ə mənt/
a very fine thread or threadlike structure; a fiber or fibril:
filaments of gold.
a single fibril of natural or synthetic textile fiber, of indefinite length, sometimes several miles long.
a long slender cell or series of attached cells, as in some algae and fungi.
Botany. the stalklike portion of a stamen, supporting the anther.
Ornithology. the barb of a down feather.
(in a light bulb or other incandescent lamp) the threadlike conductor, often of tungsten, in the bulb that is heated to incandescence by the passage of current.
Electronics. the heating element (sometimes also acting as a cathode) of a vacuum tube, resembling the filament in an incandescent bulb.
Astronomy. a solar prominence, as viewed within the sun’s limb.
the thin wire, usually tungsten, inside a light bulb that emits light when heated to incandescence by an electric current
(electronics) a high-resistance wire or ribbon, forming the cathode in some valves
a single strand of a natural or synthetic fibre; fibril
(ornithol) the barb of a down feather
(anatomy) any slender structure or part, such as the tail of a spermatozoon; filum
1590s, from Modern Latin filamentum, from Late Latin filare “to spin, draw out in a long line,” from Latin filum “thread” (see file (v.)).
filament fil·a·ment (fĭl’ə-mənt)
A fibril, fine fiber, or threadlike structure.
fil’a·men’tous (-měn’təs) or fil’a·men’ta·ry (-měn’tə-rē, -měn’trē) adj.
[fil-uh-men-tuh-ree] /ˌfɪl əˈmɛn tə ri/ adjective 1. pertaining to or of the nature of a .
[fil-uh-men-tuh s] /ˌfɪl əˈmɛn təs/ adjective 1. composed of or containing . 2. pertaining to or resembling a . 3. bearing .
[fahy-ler] /ˈfaɪ lər/ adjective 1. of or relating to a thread or threads. 2. having threads or the like. /ˈfaɪlə/ adjective 1. of thread 2. (of an optical instrument) having fine threads across the eyepiece forming a reticle or set of cross wires filar fi·lar (fī’lər) adj.
[fi-lair-ee-uh] /fɪˈlɛər i ə/ noun, plural filariae [fi-lair-ee-ee] /fɪˈlɛər iˌi/ (Show IPA) 1. any small, threadlike roundworm of the family Filariidae and related families, carried as a larva by mosquitoes and parasitic when adult in the blood or tissues of vertebrates. /fɪˈlɛərɪə/ noun (pl) -iae (-ɪˌiː) 1. any parasitic nematode worm of the family Filariidae, […]