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ˈbɒb ɪnbob·bin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bobbin, spool, reelnoun

    a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound


  1. bobbinnoun

    A spool or cylinder around which wire is coiled.

    Etymology: From bobine, recorded in English since 1530

  2. bobbinnoun

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

    Wind the bobbin, place it in the machine, and raise the thread.

    Etymology: From bobine, recorded in English since 1530

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bobbinnoun

    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. Bobbinnoun

    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. Bobbinnoun

    the little rounded piece of wood, at the end of a latch string, which is pulled to raise the latch

  4. Bobbinnoun

    a fine cord or narrow braid

  5. Bobbinnoun

    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


  1. Bobbin

    A bobbin is a spindle or cylinder, with or without flanges, on which wire, yarn, thread or film is wound. Bobbins are typically found in sewing machines, cameras, and within electronic equipment. In non-electrical applications the bobbin is used for tidy storage without tangles. In electrical applications a coil of wire carrying a current has important magnetic properties. As used in spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, or lacemaking, the bobbin provides temporary or permanent storage for yarn and may be made of plastic, metal, bone or wood. Bobbin lacemaking is a handcraft which requires the winding of yarn onto a temporary storage spindle made of wood, previously bone, often turned on a lathe. Many lace designs use dozens of bobbins at any one time. Exotic woods are extremely popular with contemporary lacemakers. Both traditional and contemporary bobbins may be decorated with designs, inscriptions, or pewter or wire inlays. Often, the bobbins are 'spangled' to provide additional weight to keep the thread in tension. A hole is drilled near the base to enable glass beads and other ornaments to be attached by a loop of wire. Again, in the modern context of the hobby of bobbin lacemaking, these spangles provide a means of self-expression in the decoration of a tool of the craft. Both antique and unique bobbins, sometimes spangled, have become highly sought after by collectors.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bobbin

    bob′in, n. a small piece of wood on which thread is wound.—n. Bobb′inet, a kind of fine netted lace made by machines. [Fr. bobine, prob. Celt.; cf. Gael. baban, a tassel.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bobbin in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bobbin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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