Meaning of FILAMENT in English


n.1 a slender threadlike body or fibre (esp. in animal or vegetable structures).

2 a conducting wire or thread with a high melting-point in an electric bulb or thermionic valve, heated or made incandescent by an electric current.

3 Bot. the part of the stamen that supports the anther.

4 archaic (of air, light, etc.) a notional train of particles following each other.


filamentary adj. filamented adj. filamentous adj.

Etymology: F filament or mod.L filamentum f. LL filare spin f. L filum thread

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.