1) A continuous fiber of indefinite length. Examples are a silk thread, spun glass, or a synthetic thread extruded from a spinneret. Filaments may also be drawn from metals such as gold or tungsten.
2) A threadlike wire used in a lightbulb. A wire filament such as tungsten, will glow white when heated with an electric current.
Synonyms and Related Terms
filamento (Esp.); fijne draad (Ned); vezel (Ned); filament (Ned);
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988
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