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Fi'lament. n.s. [filament, Fr. filamenta, Latin.] A slender thread; a body slender and long like a thread.

The effluvium passing out in a smaller thread, and more enlightened filament, it stirreth not the bodies interposed. Bro.

The lungs of consumptives have been consumed, nothing remaining but the ambient membrane, and a number of withered veins and filaments. Harvey on Consumptions.

The ever-rolling orb's impulsive ray
On the next threads and filaments does bear,
Which form the springy texture of the air
And those still strike the next, 'till to the sight
The quick vibration propagates the light.
Blackm. Creation.

The dung of horses is nothing but the filaments of the hay, and as such combustible. Arbuthnot on Aliments.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Blackmore, Richard (24) · Browne, Thomas (203) · Harvey, Gideon (42)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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