a) A fine thread or wire.
b) Such a wire, heated to glowing, in an incandescent light bulb or a thermionic valve.

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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