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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 an incandescent Lightbulb. A wire filament such as Tungsten, will glow white when heated with an electric current to a very high temperature. See Light bulb filament.

Synonyms and Related Terms

filamento (Esp.); fijne draad (Ned); vezel (Ned); filament (Ned);

Resources and Citations

  • Theodore J. Reinhart, 'Glossary of Terms', Engineered Plastics, ASM International, 1988
  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Dictionary of Fiber & Textile Technology (older version called Man-made Fiber and Textile Dictionary, 1965), Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Charlotte NC, 1990