• WordNet 3.6
    • n bodkin a blunt needle for threading ribbon through loops
    • n bodkin a small sharp-pointed tool for punching holes in leather or fabric
    • n bodkin formerly a long hairpin; usually with an ornamental head
    • n bodkin a dagger with a slender blade
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bodkin A dagger. "When he himself might his quietus make
      With a bare bodkin ."
    • Bodkin A kind of needle with a large eye and a blunt point, for drawing tape, ribbon, etc., through a loop or a hem; a tape needle. "Wedged whole ages in a bodkin's eye."
    • Bodkin A kind of pin used by women to fasten the hair.
    • Bodkin (Print) A sharp tool, like an awl, used for picking out letters from a column or page in making corrections.
    • Bodkin (Needlework) An implement of steel, bone, ivory, etc., with a sharp point, for making holes by piercing; a stiletto; an eyeleteer.
    • n Bodkin See Baudekin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bodkin A small dagger; a stiletto.
    • n bodkin A small pointed instrument of steel, bone, or ivory, used for piercing holes in cloth, etc.
    • n bodkin A similar but blunt instrument, with an eye, for drawing thread, tape, or ribbon through a loop, hem, etc.
    • n bodkin A long pin-shaped instrument used by women to fasten up the hair.
    • n bodkin A thick needle or straight awl of steel, used by bookbinders to make holes in boards and to trace lines for cutting.
    • n bodkin A printers' tool for picking letters out of a column or page in correcting.
    • n bodkin A corruption of baudekin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bodkin bod′kin a small dagger: a small instrument for pricking holes or for dressing the hair: a large blunt needle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. boydekyn, dagger; of uncertain origin; cf. W. bidog, hanger, short sword, Ir. bideog, Gael. biodag,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. conn. with W. bidog, a dagger.


In literature:

Body and Bodkin, as Old French variants from the Old Ger.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
And at night she took another doll, and drove her bodkin right into its heart.
"The House of Souls" by Arthur Machen
You told a sailor the day before yesterday to send you three bodkins.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
The girls filled them with pins and needles, bodkin and stiletto, and the boys with pencils and pens.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
They beat me, cuff me, the serving-maids pinch me, scratch me with their bodkins!
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
When the use of both arms was required, it was fastened across the breast by a large bodkin or circular brooch.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
This they do by dipping a Bodkin of the thickness of a Quill into the Powder, and dragging it under the Eyelids.
"The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 3 of 3" by George Augustus Sala
A bare bodkin would do the business, but did not recommend itself.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
Where does one buy bodkins, Audrey?
"Anxious Audrey" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
The scraping knives of flint, indicate the use of skin for clothing, and rude bodkins and needles, its manufacture.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper

In poetry:

"'T is the bodkin that I wear
When at night I bind my hair;
It woke me falling on the floor;
'T is nothing more."
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf VIII. -- Gudrun" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The bride she drew a long bodkin
Frae out her gay head-gear,
And strake Fair Annet unto the heart,
That word spak nevir mair.
"Lord Thomas And Fair Annet" by Andrew Lang
That dandy trim the Bodkin slim
Danced with Miss Tape-measure,
But he stepped on her trail, and she called him "a whale,"
And that put an end to their pleasure.
"The Needle and Thread" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
"Why did you scream, Dearvorgil, disturbing so my aim?"
"My bodkin pierced me sorely, and that is all my blame."
"Then, cry out not so loudly, lest he should turn away."
"My lord has but to bid me, and ever I obey."
"False Dearvorgil" by Dora Sigerson Shorter

In news:

Matt Bodkin 's Long Island.
Traffic, politics, education, sports and more through the imagination of Long Island cartoonist Matt Bodkin , as seen on Saturdays in Newsday.
Judge's ruling bars Bodkin from District 6 BOE race.
Com­mit­tee Chair Tom Fell­ner and other mem­bers Gail Baldinger and Ken Bod­kins were present.
Bodkin develops explosive detection to keep soldiers at a distance.

In science:

In Web application development, AspectJ separates the cross-cutting concern from the core concern and perform several activities. In a research of IBM, Ron Bodkin has implemented several monitoring, checking and error handling technique using AspectJ .
Comparative Studies of 10 Programming Languages within 10 Diverse Criteria - a Team 10 COMP6411-S10 Term Report