bob·​bin ˈbä-bən How to pronounce bobbin (audio)
: a cylinder or spindle on which yarn or thread is wound (as in a sewing machine)
: any of various small round devices on which threads are wound for working handmade lace
: a coil of insulated wire
also : the reel it is wound on
: a cotton cord formerly used by dressmakers for piping

Examples of bobbin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Additional features include a drop-in bobbin, seven buttonhole stitches, an automatic needle threader, and an automatic bobbin winding system. Sharon Brandwein, Southern Living, 11 Oct. 2023 Perch petite pumpkins on top of wooden spools and bobbins for a 60-second mantel upgrade. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 21 June 2023 With a drop-in bobbin and an automatic bobbin winding system, this machine makes winding and loading a simple process. Brandi Fuller, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2023 At the time, bobbin furniture, also called spool furniture, was often glazed wood, but Serena & Lily's version is a bit more modern with black and white finishes. Jessica Cherner, House Beautiful, 22 Dec. 2022 Taylor warns that winding a bobbin can be tricky initially. Brandi Fuller, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Apr. 2023 The bobbin will hold small to medium-sized spools of line and apply pressure to the spool while winding. Ric Burnley, Field & Stream, 20 Mar. 2023 All of the windings are wrapped around a black plastic bobbin. Eric Schlaepfer, IEEE Spectrum, 14 Jan. 2023 Yarn or fiber is spun using the winding technique, as it is converted onto a spindle or bobbin. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 5 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


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First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of bobbin was in 1530

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“Bobbin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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bob·​bin ˈbäb-ən How to pronounce bobbin (audio)
: a spool or spindle on which yarn or thread is wound (as in a sewing machine)

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