filament

The stamen of a flower — the part that produces pollen — consists of a slender stalk, called a filament and an anther. The filament supports the anther, which is where pollen develops.

The word filament is from the Latin word filum, which means "thread." Filament, in fact, can be a synonym for thread. In an incandescent light bulb, a fine wire called a filament is heated to high temperatures in a bulb that lacks oxygen to prevent the filament from catching fire as it is heated. The filament begins to glow and gives off light. The first filaments were made from carbon, now they are usually made from tungsten because of its high melting point.

Primary Meanings of filament

1.
n
a thin wire (usually tungsten) that is heated white hot by the passage of an electric current
2.
n
the stalk of a stamen
Full Definitions of filament
1

n a thin wire (usually tungsten) that is heated white hot by the passage of an electric current

Type of:
conducting wire, wire
a metal conductor that carries electricity over a distance

n a very slender natural or synthetic fiber

Synonyms:
fibril, strand
Types:
show 10 types...
hide 10 types...
barb
one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather
cobweb, gossamer
filaments from a web that was spun by a spider
chromatid
one of two identical strands into which a chromosome splits during mitosis
myofibril, myofibrilla, sarcostyle
one of many contractile filaments that make up a striated muscle fiber
rhizoid
any of various slender filaments that function as roots in mosses and ferns and fungi etc
hypha
any of the threadlike filaments forming the mycelium of a fungus
paraphysis
a sterile simple or branched filament or hair borne among sporangia; may be pointed or clubbed
conidiophore
a specialized fungal hypha that produces conidia
Rhizopus stolonifer, leak fungus, ring rot fungus
fungus causing soft watery rot in fruits and vegetables and rings of dry rot around roots of sweet potatoes
rhizomorph
a dense mass of hyphae forming a root-like structure characteristic of many fungi
Type of:
fiber, fibre
a slender and greatly elongated substance capable of being spun into yarn

n a threadlike structure (as a chainlike series of cells)

Synonyms:
filum
Types:
hair, pilus
any of the cylindrical filaments characteristically growing from the epidermis of a mammal
ingrown hair
a hair that does not emerge from the follicle but remains embedded in the skin (usually causing inflammation)
Type of:
anatomical structure, bodily structure, body structure, complex body part, structure
a particular complex anatomical part of a living thing
2

n the stalk of a stamen

Type of:
stalk, stem
a slender or elongated structure that supports a plant or fungus or a plant part or plant organ

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.