noun Etymology: Middle French, from Medieval Latin filamentum, from Late Latin filare to spin — more at file Date: 1594 a single thread or a thin flexible threadlike object, process, or appendage: as a. a tenuous conductor (as of carbon or metal) made incandescent by the passage of an electric current; specifically a cathode in the form of a metal wire in an electron tube b. (1) a thin and fine elongated constituent part of a gill (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 • filamentary adjectivefilamentous adjective

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  • Filament — may refer to:In physics and electrical engineering* Electrical filament * Current filament * Filament propagation, diffractionless propagation of a light beam * Hot cathode, a filament in a vacuum tube that emits electronsIn astronomy* Galaxy… …   Wikipedia

  • filament — FILAMÉNT, filamente, s.n. 1. Formaţie filiformă a unor celule animale sau vegetale. ♦ Parte a staminei care susţine antera 2. Conductor subţire, de obicei de metal, care devine incandescent, când este străbătut de curent electric. 3. Formaţie… …   Dicționar Român

  • Filament — Fil a*ment, n. [F. filament, fr. L. filum thread. See {File} a row.] A thread or threadlike object or appendage; a fiber; esp. (Bot.), the threadlike part of the stamen supporting the anther. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Filamént — (lat.), Fadenwerk, Gefaser; in der Botanik soviel wie Staubfaden …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Filamént — (lat.), Fadenwerk, Gefaser; feinste Nerven und Sehnenfäden; in der Botanik s.v.w. Staubfaden …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Filament — Filament, Staubfaden, Teil eines ⇒ Staubblatts, der die Anthere trägt …   Deutsch wörterbuch der biologie

  • filament — 1590s, from Mod.L. filamentum, from L.L. filare to spin, draw out in a long line, from L. filum thread (see FILE (Cf. file) (v.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • filament — Filament. s. m. Petit fil, petit brin long & delié semblable à celuy qui se tire de l escorce du chanvre ou du lin. Les filaments des plantes. les filaments des herbes. Il se dit aussi en parlant des nerfs & des muscles, &c. Les nerfs sont pleins …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • filament — ► NOUN 1) a slender thread like object or fibre. 2) a metal wire in an electric light bulb, which glows white hot when an electric current is passed through it. 3) Botany the slender part of a stamen that supports the anther. DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

  • filament — [fil′ə mənt] n. [Fr < ML filamentum < LL filare, to spin < L filum: see FILE1] 1. a very slender thread or fiber 2. a threadlike part; specif., a) the fine metal wire in a light bulb which becomes incandescent when heated by an electric… …   English World dictionary

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