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 This iconic piece of furniture was named after the Swedish singer, who was said to have slept exclusively on beds with bobbin turnings while on tour. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 7 May 2021 Helen’s crib has bobbin turnings on the legs inspired by Erin’s childhood bed, a Jenny Lind. Leigh Crandall, Country Living, 6 May 2021 The super-sharp scissors and easy-revolving bobbin in this kit will help beginners advance to the next level with ease. Outdoor Life, 21 Jan. 2021 The streamlined functions are great for a beginner learning the rhythm of using a sewing machine, and the thread is easy to change, thanks to a design where the bobbin drops in from the top. Popular Science, 21 Oct. 2020 Many are total newbies who don’t know the difference between a bobbin winder and a stitch width dial. Richard Marini,, 10 July 2020 There’s a guy, a highly polished machine, a bench crowded with small tools, bobbins, gears, and lubricants. Arthur Longworth, The New York Review of Books, 12 Apr. 2020 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, 10 Mar. 2020 In the 1960s, in department stores and even five-and-dimes, there were lots of little sewing things — zippers and bobbins and threads. Debra Weiner, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of bobbin

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bobbin

origin unknown

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13 May 2021

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“Bobbin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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