Meaning of filament
Pronunciation: (fil'u-munt), [key]
- a very fine thread or threadlike structure; a fiber or fibril: filaments of gold.
- a single fibril of natural or synthetic textile fiber, of indefinite length, sometimes several miles long.
- a long slender cell or series of attached cells, as in some algae and fungi.
- the stalklike portion of a stamen, supporting the anther. See diag. under
- the barb of a down feather.
- (in a light bulb or other incandescent lamp) the threadlike conductor, often of tungsten, in the bulb that is heated to incandescence by the passage of current.
- the heating element (sometimes also acting as a cathode) of a vacuum tube, resembling the filament in an incandescent bulb.
- a solar prominence, as viewed within the sun's limb.
- filament (Thesaurus)