bobbin

noun
bob·​bin | \ ˈbä-bən How to pronounce bobbin (audio) \

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 lace
c : a coil of insulated wire also : the reel it is wound on
2 : a cotton cord formerly used by dressmakers for piping

Examples of bobbin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Inside the factory, over a dozen machines assembled masks at a rate of 80 per minute, combining synthetic fibers unfurled from giant bobbins, and stamping each with nose strips, head ties or ear loops. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "As Coronavirus Spreads, Face Mask Makers Go Into Overdrive," 5 Feb. 2020 This is often a plastic piece that fits over your bobbin winder. Vanessa Nirode, Popular Science, "Five simple fixes to keep your clothing around longer," 10 Jan. 2020 Bring your sewing machine with pre-wound bobbins and a brown bag lunch. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 24 Apr. 2018 For anyone who has retreated in frustration from their sewing machine, defeated by bobbins, uncontrollable thread tension and undecipherable dress patterns, stitchery as creative fun might be a foreign concept. Kathy Routliffe, chicagotribune.com, "Former Winnetkan uses summer camps to open world of fashion, sewing to young students," 24 May 2018 Bring your sewing machine with pre-wound bobbins and a brown bag lunch. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 24 Apr. 2018 Bring your sewing machine with pre-wound bobbins and a brown bag lunch. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 24 Apr. 2018 Bring your sewing machine with pre-wound bobbins and a brown bag lunch. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 24 Apr. 2018 Bring your sewing machine with pre-wound bobbins and a brown bag lunch. Courant Community, "Community News For The South Windsor Edition," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bobbin

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bobbin

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20 Feb 2020

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“Bobbin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bobbin. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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bobbin

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English Language Learners Definition of bobbin

: a round object with flat ends and a tube in its center around which thread or yarn is wound

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