• A girl and a boy watch a woman working at bobbin lace
    A girl and a boy watch a woman working at bobbin lace
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bobbin a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The wolf pulled the bobbin and opened the door The wolf pulled the bobbin and opened the door

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bobbin (Elec) 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.
    • Bobbin (Haberdashery) A fine cord or narrow braid.
    • Bobbin 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.
    • Bobbin 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.
    • Bobbin The little rounded piece of wood, at the end of a latch string, which is pulled to raise the latch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bobbin A reel or spool for holding thread. Specifically— One of the weights used to steady the threads in pillow-lace making, each bobbin having a slender neck around which a part of the thread is wound; formerly made of bone, but now commonly of wood.
    • n bobbin Hence Either of the two spool-shaped parts of an electromagnet, consisting of a central core of soft iron wound around with a considerable length of fine insulated copper wire.
    • n bobbin A narrow tape or small cord of cotton or linen.
    • n bobbin A hank of Russian flax, consisting of 6, 9, or 12 heads, according to the quality.
    • n bobbin A machine which takes the slubbing from the first frame and converts it into a coarse yarn.
    • bobbin To wind on bobbins or spools, as thread.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bobbin bob′in a small piece of wood on which thread is wound
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. bobine,; of uncertain origin; cf. L. bombus, a humming, from the noise it makes, or Ir. & Gael. baban, tassel, or E. bob,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bobine, prob. Celt.; cf. Gael. baban, a tassel.


In literature:

Five Christmas presents yet on the floor; Bobbin took the soldier cap, then there were four.
"The Jingle Book" by Carolyn Wells
Whenever I'd look at her, I'd allus think o' a angel, 'r a bird, 'r a little, bobbin' rose.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
A man's got to stick to his word, you know, lad, and not have it thwarted by any little bobbin of a girl.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
But he, and Bobbin also, were protected by Mr. Jerningham, and were well liked by George Roden.
"Marion Fay" by Anthony Trollope
He could be a bobbin boy in a big factory, he was told.
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
In 1808, the Heathcot machine was started for bobbin net.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
I sure get sick of seein' these squaws bobbin' along on their ponies.
"Mystery Ranch" by Arthur Chapman
The very first thing he did was to look in his box for his fish-line and bobbin.
"Rollo in Society" by George S. Chappell
Currents are thus induced in a bobbin of fine wire placed between the poles of the horseshoe magnet.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
The old lace maker, bending over her bobbins, suggests only absorption in her task.
"Artists Past and Present" by Elisabeth Luther Cary
When a foot or so of string is finished, it is rolled about the hook of the spindle for a bobbin.
"Oriental Women" by Edward Bagby Pollard
You'll wake him up, bobbin' his arm up an' down like you a-doin'.
"The Mountain Girl" by Payne Erskine
Breakfast done, the snow-bobbins hopped down to pick up the crumbs.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
These objections were removed by Wilson's rotary hook and stationary bobbin.
"The Invention of the Sewing Machine" by Grace Rogers Cooper
Yes, you know you've been at play With the bobbin as your lay.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
You might look for it, Bobbin, instead of staring like a stuck pig!
"The Youngest Girl in the School" by Evelyn Sharp
But that's why the sky and flowers aren't so close to my memory as the walls of the spinning-room and the whirring bobbins.
"The Shadow" by Mary White Ovington
He's up by Sweeney's Alley bobbin' round like a jumpin'-jack.
"An Amateur Fireman" by James Otis
By running a heavy traveler you pack the yarn harder on the bobbin.
"Instruction book on ring spinning" by Francis L. Lincoln
The lace was so called from the fact that bobbins were formerly made of bone.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various

In poetry:

"If you are your father's only son -
The bobbin pull tightly,
Come through the door lightly -
"Cuckoo In The Pear-Tree" by William Brighty Rands
I stoode beside Tim Bobbin' grave
'At looks o'er Ratchda' teawn;
An' th' owd lad 'woke within his yerth,
An' sed, "Wheer arto' beawn?"
"Tim Bobbin' Grave" by Samuel Bamford
Quhat's that, and that, far oot i' the gray,
The laich mune bobbin afore?
It's the bonny sea-maidens at their play—
Haud awa, king's son, frae the shore.
"The Mermaid" by George MacDonald
Dawn, noon and dewfall! Bluebird and robin
Up and at it airly, and the orchard-blossoms bobbin'!
Peekin' from the winder, half-awake, and wishin'
I could go to sleep agin as well as go a-fishin'!
"Dawn, Noon And Dewfall" by James Whitcomb Riley
Ho! it's come, kids, come!
"With a bim! bam! bum!
Here's little Billy bangin' on his big bass drum!
He's a-marchin' round the room,
With his feather-duster plume
A-noddin' an' a-bobbin' with his bim! bom! boom!
"Billy And His Drum" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

Bobbin ' Robin Club starts a conversation around live music.
Courtesy of Jay Bobbin .
Media personality Jay Bobbin has been working hard for several years on a program called the 'Cinderella Project.
The Grady Little bobbin '-arm doll promoted by the independent minor league Brockton Rox organization.
River Raft Ride bobbin ' along again at State Fair.
I'm sorry Jay Bobbin's leaving WNYT-TV, Channel 13.
A 92-year-old maker of bobbin lace in South Dakota.
Cosmic Bobbins is "popping up" a holiday storefront at 13226 Shaker Square from November 1st through December 24, located between Fire and Yours Truly.
About a dozen parade units participated in the Santa's Bobbin' Into Town event.
Enlarge Greg Adomaitis/South Jersey Times Staff Photo by Greg Adomaitis Cesarina Croce, left, demonstrates Italian bobbin lace weaving to Dante Thompson and Rynell Lawrence Tuesday in Millville.
Black bobbin, coordinating metallic & matching all-purpose.
So, last week, I sat around a big table with five very hip Westside women in cute skirts and little dresses, munching olive-oil popcorn and dried apricots, refreshing myself on what a presser foot is and how to thread a bobbin.
Karen Young holds up a Lanner falcon named Bobbin for the crowd in the Standish library.
Easy to thread the machine and wind the bobbin.