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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A spool or reel that holds thread or yarn for spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing, or making lace.
  • n. Narrow braid formerly used as trimming.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A spool or cylinder around which wire is coiled.
  • n. In a sewing machine, the small spool that holds the lower thread.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The little rounded piece of wood, at the end of a latch string, which is pulled to raise the latch.
  • n. A fine cord or narrow braid.
  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wind on bobbins or spools, as thread.
  • n. A reel or spool for holding thread.
  • n. 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. A narrow tape or small cord of cotton or linen.
  • n. A hank of Russian flax, consisting of 6, 9, or 12 heads, according to the quality.
  • n. A machine which takes the slubbing from the first frame and converts it into a coarse yarn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a winder around which thread or tape or film or other flexible materials can be wound

Etymologies

French bobine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bobine, recorded in English since 1530 (Wiktionary)

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