• WordNet 3.6
    • n filature a bobbin used in spinning silk into thread
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Filature A drawing out into threads; hence, the reeling of silk from cocoons.
    • Filature A reel for drawing off silk from cocoons; also, an establishment for reeling silk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n filature A forming into threads; the reeling of silk from cocoons.
    • n filature A reel for drawing off silk from cocoons; a filatory.
    • n filature An establishment for reeling silk.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Filature fil′a-tūr the reeling of silk, or the place where it is done
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. filatura, fr. filare, to spin: cf. F. filature,. See Filatory
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. filum, a thread.


In literature:

They should, on the other hand, be sold for the filature.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 492, June 6, 1885" by Various
Associated Words: sericulture, mulberry, cocoon, filature, cocoonery, bombic, bombyx, filator, muscardine.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
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" by Various
Shall we begin then our journey through the filature?
"The Story of Silk" by Sara Ware Bassett
There are filatures for winding silk at Shanghai, Canton, Chifu and other cities.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
The women reelers in the silk filatures of Shanghai get from eight to eleven cents for eleven hours of work.
"The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy" by Theodore Lothrop Stoddard