A long, thin filament with a length at least 100 times its diameter. Fibers are used to make fabric, paper, mats and as fillers and strengtheners in composite materials.
Sources of fibers are:
The types of fiber are characterized as:
- staple: short fibers.
- monofilaments: continuous single fibers.
- tow: a continuous strand of bundled but untwisted fibers.
- yarn: a continuous strand of twisted fibers.
Synonyms and Related Terms
fibers; fibre (Br., Fr.); fibra (Esp.); vezel (Ned); fibrous substance;
Fibers are characterized by their shape, strength, elasticity, flexibility, weight, stability and ability to absorb moisture
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