ETYM French fibre, Latin fibra.
(Alternate spelling: fibre).
1. A leatherlike material made by compressing layers of paper or cloth; SYN. fibre, vulcanized fiber.
2. A slender and greatly elongated solid substance; SYN. fibre.
Alternate (chiefly British) spelling for fiber.
ETYM French filament, from Latin filum thread. Related to File a row.
1. A thin wire (usually tungsten) that is heated white hot by the passage of an electric current.
2. A threadlike anatomical structure or chainlike series of cells; SYN. filum.
3. The stalk of a stamen.
1. A complex of fibers or filaments that are twisted together to form a thread or a rope or a cable.
2. A pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole
3. A poetic term for a shore (as the area periodically covered and uncovered by the tides).
ETYM Old Eng. string, streng, as. streng; akin to Dutch streng, German strang, Icel. strengr, Swed. sträng, Dan. straeng; probably from the adj, Eng. strong (see Strong); or perhaps originally meaning, twisted, and akin to Eng. strangle.
1. A lightweight cord; SYN. twine.
2. A tightly stretched cord of wire or gut, which makes sound when plucked, struck, or bowed.
3. A sequentially ordered set of things or events or ideas in which each successive member is related to the preceding; SYN. train.
4. A linear sequence of words as spoken or written; SYN. string of words, word string, linguistic string.
5. A collection of objects threaded on a single strand.
ETYM Old Eng. threed, thred, as. thraed; akin to Dutch draad, German draht wire, thread, Old High Germ. drât, Icel. thrâthr a thread, Swed. trad, Dan. traad, and as. thrâwan to twist. Related to Throw, Third.
A fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving; SYN. yarn.