Definition of Bobbin

1. Noun. A winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound.

Exact synonyms: Reel, Spool
Specialized synonyms: Filature, Shuttle
Generic synonyms: Winder
Derivative terms: Reel, Spool



Definition of Bobbin

1. n. A small pin, or cylinder, formerly of bone, now most commonly of wood, used in the making of pillow lace. Each thread is wound on a separate bobbin which hangs down holding the thread at a slight tension.

Definition of Bobbin

1. Noun. A spool or cylinder around which wire is coiled. ¹

2. Noun. In a sewing machine, the small spool that holds the lower thread. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bobbin

1. a thread holder [n -S]

Medical Definition of Bobbin

1. 1. A small pin, or cylinder, formerly of bone, now most commonly of wood, used in the making of pillow lace. Each thread is wound on a separate bobbin which hangs down holding the thread at a slight tension. 2. A spool or reel of various material and construction, with a head at one or both ends, and sometimes with a hole bored through its length by which it may be placed on a spindle or pivot. It is used to hold yarn or thread, as in spinning or warping machines, looms, sewing machines, etc. 3. The little rounded piece of wood, at the end of a latch string, which is pulled to raise the latch. 4. A fine cord or narrow braid. 5. A cylindrical or spool-shaped coil or insulated wire, usually containing a core of soft iron which becomes magnetic when the wire is traversed by an electrical current. Bobbin and fly frame, a roving machine. Bobbin lace, lace made on a pillow with bobbins; pillow lace. Origin: F. Bobine; of uncertain origin; cf. L. Bombus a humming, from the noise it makes, or Ir. & Gael. Baban tassel, or E. Bob. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bobbin

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bobbin (current term)
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Literary usage of Bobbin

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1. A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures, and Mines: Containing a Clear Exposition by Andrew Ure (1844)
"retarded in the ratio of its increase of diameter. This is the case with the fine bobbin and fly frame. Wla the cone is placed as in fig. ..."

2. Cotton Spinning by William Scott-Taggart (1897)
"same time as the flyer B moves through half and the bobbin E through a quarter ... Now, on the full bobbin, this length C A1 must be wound on in exactly the ..."

3. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1889)
"bobbin (common). " That's the end of the bobbin" A phrase equivalent to saying, "That's the end of it," when all the thread is wound off a bobbin or spool ..."

4. Down in Tennessee, and Back by Way of Richmond by James Roberts Gilmore (1864)
"An' settin' all de darkies free, As he gwo bobbin' around. ... De big Secesh no more will be bobbin' around, around, around; Fur Rosey's down in Tennessee, ..."

5. Provincial Names and Folk Lore of British Birds by Charles Swainson (1885)
"says Robin the bobbin, etc. 1 Johnny Bill Fell's,' says Robin the bobbin, etc. ... He's eaten, he's eaten,' says Robin the bobbin, ' He's eaten, ..."

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