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
"I'm what they call a bobbin-girl -- I tie the threads on the bobbins when they are empty."
With nice thread in bobbin and on the top of the machine, either do some FMQ, or just stich some simple lines, etc.
The bobbin is wound: and there are fifty-nine precious hours to be lived through before – meeting the seven o'clock postman as he pedals eastward across the Marsh with the sun in his eyes – one need begin to unwind it again.
This improved class of hooks are provided with a much deeper cavity than those first introduced, an arrangement permitting of the employment of a more commodious bobbin, which is generally covered by a cap, as in the revolving shuttle, but free to revolve.
The machines were started at Nottingham in England, early in the nineteenth century, and were called bobbin-net, or point-net, or warp-net, machines, and the lace first made was often finished and enriched by hand.
-- A bobbin is a sort of little wooden spool with a handle to it; there are several varieties of them but we have confined ourselves to a representation of the kind considered best for beginners.
In a good week they can expect to earn about £460, comprising a fixed retainer plus "bobbin" (taking fish out of the market) at 18p a stone (6. 4kg) and "in store" (bringing it in) at 4p a stone.
In addition to the retainer that porters in the market are paid, they also earn "bobbin" payments for the amount of fish they carry, a term which refers to the leather hats that used to be worn to carry the fish on the porters 'heads, which featured a brim to catch fish juices.
a bobbin, which is, after all, only a needle with an extra long thread.
She went to the weddin 'bobbin' red white and blue.