Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a bobbin used in spinning silk into thread

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

French, from Late Latin fīlātus, past participle of fīlāre, to spin; see filament.

Examples

  • 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.

    The Last Empress

  • One of the worst places to work was a silk factory, or filature.

    The Last Empress

  • 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.

    CNN Transcript Sep 16, 2006

  • 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.

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

  • 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.

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

  • Simple filature, which, through an automated continuous production line, produces bales of fibers, or

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

  • We have described the processes by which cocoons are ordinarily cooked and brushed, these being the first processes of the filature.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 620, November 19,1887

  • This contrivance takes the place of the agate of the ordinary filature, and is made up, essentially, of the following parts:

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 620, November 19,1887

  • 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.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 620, November 19,1887

  • 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.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 620, November 19,1887

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  • The nurture of worms will procure

    The thread for a cloth to thrill couture.

    There’s truly no ilk

    For elegant silk

    That’s patiently wound ‘round a filature.

    November 19, 2017