American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of spinning, drawing, or twisting into threads.
- n. The act or process of reeling raw silk from cocoons.
- n. A reel used in drawing silk from cocoons.
- n. An establishment where silk is reeled.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A forming into threads; the reeling of silk from cocoons.
- n. A reel for drawing off silk from cocoons; a filatory.
- n. An establishment for reeling silk.
- n. The process of drawing fibres into threads, especially the process of reeling raw silk from cocoons.
- n. A spool or bobbin used for the above.
- n. A place where silk is reeled onto spools.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A drawing out into threads; hence, the reeling of silk from cocoons.
- n. A reel for drawing off silk from cocoons; also, an establishment for reeling silk.
- n. a bobbin used in spinning silk into thread
- French, from Late Latin fīlātus, past participle of fīlāre, to spin; see filament. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In one appalling calamity, a hundred women died in a fire that engulfed a silk filature because the owner had locked them in from the outside.”
“One of the worst places to work was a silk factory, or filature.”
“Officials say her death at a Green Bay hospital from kidney filature is linked to the E. coli outbreak that spread to at least 19 states.”
“In the “Thai Polyester Fiber” case we can analyze the multitude of problems encountered by two French firms involved in constructing and installing a $50-million polyester polymerization and filature plant in Thailand, in a joint venture with a major local business group.”
“Lebec were to fly in from Bangkok, where they were working together on the construction and installation of the Thai Polyester Fiber Plant TPF, a 1-billion-baht1 polyester polymerization and filature factory.2 TPF was the joint venture between CST and the Yipsoon Group, a family-owned textile conglomerate based in Thailand, which owned or operated more than 50% of the Thai textile industry.”
“Simple filature, which, through an automated continuous production line, produces bales of fibers, or”
“We have described the processes by which cocoons are ordinarily cooked and brushed, these being the first processes of the filature.”
“This contrivance takes the place of the agate of the ordinary filature, and is made up, essentially, of the following parts:”
“The actual work of supplying the cocoons to the running thread is performed as follows: The cleaned cocoons are put into what is called the feeding basin, B1 (Fig. 1), a receptacle placed alongside of the ordinary reeling basin, B, of a filature.”
“Each filature endeavors as far as possible to collect, stifle, and dry the cocoons in its own neighborhood; but dried cocoons, nevertheless, give rise to an important commerce, having its center at Marseilles.”
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