Definition of bobbin
1a : a cylinder or spindle on which yarn or thread is wound (as in a sewing machine)b : any of various small round devices on which threads are wound for working handmade lacec : a coil of insulated wire; also : the reel it is wound on
2 : a cotton cord formerly used by dressmakers for piping
Recent Examples of bobbin from the Web
The formula was basic: to carve wood into small, semiabstract forms resembling spoons, chess pieces, African sculptures (and works by Brancusi and Giacometti), bones, bobbins, balls, melon slices, sand dollars and toy boats.
The turned-wood furniture — the bobbin chairs and side tables in the great room, the spool beds upstairs — conveys a country feeling without being rough or heavy.
Metal bobbins feel sturdy and provide tension control.
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Origin and Etymology of bobbin
First Known Use: 1530See Words from the same year
BOBBIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bobbin for English Language Learners
: a round object with flat ends and a tube in its center around which thread or yarn is wound
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